This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Tomorrow’s map, integrally connected to everything that moves (the keys, the tools, the car), will be so fundamental to their operation that the map will, in effect, be their operating system. A map is to location-awareness as Windows is to a P.C.
Rich’s Guide to Santa Clara County’s Silicon Valley in 1983….
I discovered a copy of this rare book in Berkeley’s library system and realized that it was a fantastic dataset: If I stuck all of the locations onto a map, I could reconstruct the Valley as it was 30 years ago, right before the Japanese manufacturers and the forces of globalization pulled and pushed chip production to East Asia. …
In our Internet-happy present, it’s easy to forget that up until the mid-1980s, Silicon Valley was an industrial landscape. …
The Valley was as important a manufacturing center as Detroit or Pittsburgh were. This was the place making the foundational technology of the era… Rich’s Guide, I realized, would let me map this first peak of Silicon Valley
The radiation-mapping project launched shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster recently surpassed more than ten million data points, all gathered by a network of local volunteers
A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Varias has discovered his secret passion – map making. Since 2009, he has been a volunteer for Google Map Maker. He’s now the third-most active mapper in the Philippines, contributing more than 46,000 edits and reviews over the past four years.
… “I just wanted to put my place of birth on the map,” said Mr. Varias explains of how he got started. …
Now he finds himself driving around his province of Cavite — staying up long after midnight or starting off early before his regular day job — just to put details on the map.
Google has relied heavily on an army of volunteers like Mr. Varias to fill in the gaps on places they know very well — their neighborhoods, towns and provinces. Since 2008, when its map program began, the volunteer army just in the Philippines has grown to 2,000.
They aren’t paid and are expected to use their own gadgets, such as laptops, smart phones and cameras. But Google picks up the tab for travel and kicks in other gifts.
Approximately 30 per cent of Google searches have some component of place: ‘backpacker hostel in Kathmandu’, ‘surfing at Bondi Beach’ – people want to know where these things are. Unsurprisingly, when you look at statistics for mobile devices, this figure rises to about 40 per cent.
Points, a web-enabled public signpost that provides dynamic directions, as well as location-relevant news and information from online feeds.
On the surface, Points looks like a traditional street signpost, with three arms acting as a navigation aid for passersby. Instead of remaining static, however, the arms are connected to a rotor mechanism allowing them to swing around to point in different directions. Each arm also has its own LED display, capable of showing illuminated text and symbols. Through a panel below the signs, users can select the type of information they’d like to see, such as local food vendors, the nearest transport options, and even trending Twitter hashtags
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched an initiative to collect data about the cats of London into a map. It’s called, perhaps unsurprisingly, Cat Map.
Cat Map invites mog owners or acquaintances to plot their feline counterparts onto a mapping tool, uploading a photo, an address, the cat’s name, colour and age as well as a description
Mapathon 2013 — which starts on February 12 and culminates on March 25, 2013 — is an India-wide mapping contest open to just about anybody who lives in India. We’re inviting Google Maps users from all over the country to help us create better maps for India by adding knowledge of their neighborhoods through Google Map Maker