I think this is cool, the Virtual Paintout. Each month, the owner of this site (Bill Guffey) chooses a new location (city, island, region, country) and announces the venue. For January 2013, it’s the Isle of Man. For the rest of the month, anyone in the world is encouraged to explore that site via Street View and create a painting based on that perspective. Digital versions of the paintings are published throughout the month, as they’re received, and when the contributors can follow the rules.
It becomes a way for artists to promote their work, but it’s also inspiration to explore the imagery further. Viewing via Street View, versus an overhead, planar perspective, creates a greater sense of place. We need to see more than rooftops alone.
I learned this week that Anne Kelly Knowles has won one of the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards, for her work on Visualizing Gettysburg. Fantastic, Anne! I love the artsy interview with her too. It is curious that it was the Gettysburg work being heralded now, since the Smithsonian looks for work that’s taken place in the last year and this is some of Anne’s older work. She’s moved far beyond this now, to the Holocaust and to her iron work. Stay tuned for great publications from those endeavors too.
As they say, blending architecture and film. When I saw an issue it included diagrams and analysis of people’s movements too. The Interiors Journal. An outlet for directors and cinematographers, thinking in space.
My friends at the UVa Scholar’s Lab shared with me their new Neatline project earlier this week. I don’t know much about Omeka, but I always trust these guys to do good work with a wide range of OS tools. I do like the interface, the rapid loading of georeferenced maps, and the additional interactive functionality on the main screen. If I can figure out more about this, I have a stack of projects ready to try!
In Time & Place is oriented to secondary school learning. This will be a good resource for my Spatial Literacy students, and I’ll see about modifying things for my higher ed students too. Not sure how I wandered across this site this week. I need to click on fewer windows to make h/t’ipping easier.
Conflict History is a Google Maps mashup. I like the timeline and the thorough “info” available. This interface and collection really highlights the disparity between how few military conflicts we’ve had on US soil versus the rest of the world, and how relatively high Europe and Asia are. Not news, but interesting to see it in this way. H/t to Google Maps Mania.
We’re gearing up for our first (annual?) Symposium on Mapping People. Join us for this one-day event on October 31. We’ll explore the joys and challenges of mapping social and cultural data, learning about innovative approaches and projects. Ian Gregory will be our keynote speaker. We’re seeking submissions of abstracts for lightning talks and posters. Awards will be given for the top grad student and undergrad student presentations!
The event is free, sponsored through our grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. But space is limited so register soon!
New to me: MapScholar, from University of Virginia. Recently re-funded by NEH for becoming even bigger and better. Smooth interface, reminiscent in some ways of UCLA’s Hypercities, which itself reminds me of the latest batch of David Rumsey maps that are now accessible (to view at least) in georeferenced form, via geogarage (?). I knew there were a batch in Google Earth, but these are the first I’d seen in 2-D Google Maps.
Geotagged library collections are becoming, slowly, standard. What’s the next step beyond georeferencing projects like these? More 3D work, like within Rumsey’s GIS sites? What more can we dig out of these efforts?
Thanks to Dave for the Rumsey info.
I *love* kaleidoscopes. I remember spending hours lying on my back and twisting them over my head, towards a sunny window. Here is an awesome “human” version, done by some clever French folks, definitely thinking spatially! I’d not have called it an arabesque, thinking only of the ballet position, but seems the word is much broader in its design sense. Learn something new every day!
Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit.
h/t to Geography Education.
April is National Poetry Month. (Sure, why not? It has to be sometime, if we can’t have National Poetry Day year-round!) There are several map-using-poetry-sites I’ve become aware of lately, including:
- Places of Poems and Poets (part of an online poetry collection done by the libraries at the University of Toronto)
- a Poetry Atlas (created/maintained by Tam Tam, a media company in the UK)
- a National Poetry Map, from poets.org
- a World Poetry Map, focusing on poets representing scarce-spoken languages, funded by the NEA and others. (Is that really the dividing line between Europe and Asia? Really?)
Basically these are all mashups with point locations that document an author’s birthplace or native state/country, or maybe the landscape about which the poem is based, etc. Simple geocoding or geotagging has taken place. So in every case the maps are simply an organizational template for the poems, not something that necessarily give any new insights.
What would be even better? A site that uses other geographical “filters” to discover poems. That is, show me poems about waterfalls AND show me the images of where those waterfalls are. Or, if it’s a poem about a gritty urban scene, show me some gritty urban scenes. A poem about a historical time at a particular place? How about linking it to HistoryPin or WhatWasThere?
And while we’re at it, how about a little audio, people? Reading poetry is terrific, but I love listening to it too. It’s easy to record someone reading a poem and link to that recording in the placemark. It could even be done in native tongue and then a translation. And, while you’re at it, how about with the sound of waterfalls in the background too?
If anyone knows any sites that creatively uses poetry and maps, please share them.
h/t to Google Maps Mania for some of the sites.
I’m still digesting the surplus of ideas, information, and stimuli that came through as overload during last week’s AAG conference in NYC. One of the tracks that I’d have hoped to get to (if I could clone myself, and have the double arrive pre-loaded with more energy) was held at the New York Public Library, focusing on the use of historical maps and data in a number of ways. I did have friends at those sessions, however, and one of them – Chris Gist from UVA- came to dinner one night full of enthusiasm for the plans around oldmapsonline.org. I suppose such a wonderful level of contributed sharing was inevitable in today’s world of VGI. Bring on the temporal/spatial change studies!
NYPL is also known for their innovative use of open-source tools to crowd source the georeferencing of their own collection of maps and images.