I’ve just completed Day 1 of a SPACIT meeting, the semi-annual gathering of partners working on this Comenius funded project. Very interesting ideas coupled with very ambitious plans! Combining GIS&T, geography, philosophy, politics, the act of “participating” – or engagement, pedagogy and teacher professional development, communication, and other technology, especially via geomedia. Here’s a recent paper, GI and Spatial Citizenship (pdf) authored by 3 of the lead partners, Inga Gryl, Thomas Jekel, and Karl Donert.
I’m contributing on behalf of NCGE, and I have much to learn from these discussions. And did I mention we’ve gathered in Salzburg, Austria, at the university where the GI Forum and AGIT is about to happen? Geo everywhere.
New to me: GIS Stack Exchange. A great site for questions, answers, and thoughtful discussions!
Doug Rickard spent almost two years scanning through Google’s collection of “Street View” images and selected out thousands, some of which are now being shown in an exhibit at MoMA. At first I was a bit skeptical – having “your” photos exhibited when you yourself didn’t actually create the images. You created the collection. But the MoMA intro does explain that he mosaiced and manipulated the images, so there was creative production work on his part too. I can think of parallels with other types of artists and “found objects,” but this idea is new to me for photography.
Like many others around the world, I found the recent news that my iPhone’s location is being constantly monitored to be somewhat shocking and unsettling. Because I synch my phone to this computer, I used this program to see the patterns. Sure enough, this is where my phone and I have been since August 2010. Yikes.
Update: Remember, the recorded locations may not be exact. Here’s a nice description from GeoIQ of how inconsistent they can be, and why. And another note from Peter Batty that gives further reassuring insights.