Maps Made Using Data from the Internet
One of the most interesting intersections of mapping and cyberspace is the use of data mined from the Internet to understand our world. Floatingsheep.org is attempting to do that using placemarks from Google Maps to create a variety of maps. If you haven't already go to Floatingsheep.org and browse some of the maps. Then go to their Metropolitan Cyberscapes entry.
1. What do these maps say about our ability to use the Internet to learn more about what is going on in our world?
These maps can help tell us how to relate things that may be important to us as citizens. In the case of the place makers with crime it can help us know the heavy pockets of crime in the real world by using the Internet.
Floatingsheep.org has also produced some other maps. One example is their map of Wikipedia entries referencing places. Take a look at the maps they have produced.
2. What do these maps say about the geography of the Internet?
Theses maps tell us that the more technological countries have a lot more
references however the
3. What do these maps suggest about the biases that can emerge in projects like Wikipedia which rely upon "crowdsourcing", or the use of volunteer users to create content?
These maps tell us that with limited computer access in
4. Check out Trendsmap which shows
trends on Twitter by their location. Zoom in on a particular location, perhaps
I did Cleveland and they talking about Delhomme returning to practice with the browns
Spatializations for Browsing the Web
This may be an idea whose time is not quite here. Most early experimental examples seem to have disappeared but are documented on Three Dimensional Info-Spaces page of the Atlas of Cyberspace which is our next stop. These are spatializations that are meant to aid in navigation through information or the web itself.
5. Browse through the examples found on this page. Which of them stand out to you? Which do you think might offer the most promise as a way to navigate complex information?
I think the plumb design will work the best because it looks like a pipeline to information and it stuck out to me cuz it looks familiar.
6. Is the idea of creating spatializations for navigating the web something whose time is not quite here but will be the way we navigate the web in the future or is it an interesting idea that is just not practical or useful?
I think jumping from one thing to another through space is an idea that sounds good but I do not think that mankind will be around long enough to figure it out.
Interactive Web Site/Directory/Idea Maps
This kind of map is similar to the spatializations above, but they are more limited to specific web sites or for organizing and linking documents, information, and ideas. Go to The Brain web site. At the top of the page is an interactive map of the web site. You navigate to various pages on the website by clicking on the text on the brain interface. Play around with it a little bit until you get used to using it.
7. What advantages do you see for navigating a web site this way? Are there any disadvantages?
It would work to a point that you would know what are related searches however it could be difficult to follow a trail to a certain point.
Now go to the Web Brain page. Here folks have shared their personal brains with the world. Browse one or two of them if you'd like. Then take a look at Jerry's Brain. Note how either links or actual web sites appear in the window on the bottom of the screen. Here the brain is being used to organize information and visualize the links among different categories and documents, rather than using a traditional file structure.
8. Navigate the Brain until you find the link to the article "Turning Glare Into Watts" using the brain. What publication is this article from?
It comes from the New York Times
9. What do you think are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a spatailization tool like this to organize knowledge?
It can all be difficult to find stuff cuz there is no direct organize line of ideas it is more random thought process.
10. Play around with Smartmoney's Map of the Market. What sector of the market is doing well today?
Technology and Energy
11. How do you know it is doing well (What graphical elements clue you into the fact that a sector is doing well)?
The bright green success scale on the side and color coordinating.
12. Why is this a successful or unsuccessful spatialization of data?
It is successful cuz it shows you what is doing good in the world of financial money.
Think this is cool? I found something that is even more awesome. Turns out other data can be spatialized using the same technique. Check out the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History History Wired web site. The map here contains 450 objects and while you could use either a traditional search engine or a simple text listing of the objects to the method presented here is much more fun, and perhaps more efficient. You can browse the objects here by object categories, by date, or by themes. Note that as you move your mouse over the map, orange lines connecting to the themes at the top of the interface appear. When you click on the themes buttons the objects related to that them are highlighted in orange. You can pick out more specific theme categories using the drop down list on the left. Play around with this map a bit to figure out how it works and then answer the following questions:
13. Who made Dizzy Gillespie's Trumpet?
King musical instruments
14. Use the sliders at the top right and left (above the dateline) to zero in on the year 1844. What object in the collection associated with the Theme communications dates from 1944?
Morse telegraph key
15. What object was "still there" in 1813?
The star spangled banner
Imagine surfing our library's catalog using such an interface. Now that some of our books are stored away only accessible by robot, such an interface might partially recreate the experience of browsing in the physical library.
Website Analysis Information Landscape Maps
When you run a website you often want to know a bit about who your visitors are, how many are surfing your site, which pages they are looking at and, where they come from. Now you could just run a program that collects and presents this data in the form of tables, but looking at a map might be more fun. Surf to the screenshots page for VisitorVille and check out the Animated Flash Clips if you are able to do so in the lab. If you want more information you can check out this Wired News article.
16. What metaphor does VisitorVille use to represent traffic on a web site?
17. What advantages do you think this spatialization provides over the same data presented in tabular form?
It shows people something that can understand only it is for travel through wed sites
Pretty nifty eh?
Virtual Worlds Maps
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games have their own cartographers. Take a look at the Map of Second Life
18. What do you notice about how the world is structured from looking at this map? What form of transportation do avatars use to get around?
It looks like a real world just about only like divided into areas. They travel around with foot flying, magic carpet, tank, car.
Using Maps to Find Photos
There are multiple ways to use maps to find photos of places. For
example, on Google Maps you can use a map to find photos of particular places.
Go to Google Maps. On the upper
right hand corner click on more and select photos. Now see if you can
find a photo of
19. Provide a link to the photo (click view in Panoramio).
Using the World to Navigate the Web
Ok, forget about using maps to navigate the web, let's talk about using the world itself to navigate the web through a mobile device. Augmented-reality maps allow you to do just that! Check out this recent article from National Geographic.
20. What is the price of gas at the nearest gas station in this photo?
If you have time you might also want to view this video from a TED talk demonstrating augmented reality mapping from Bing.
Where are you on the Internet?
Ever feel lost on the Internet? Finally, all good shopping malls have a sign that says "You are here." Apparently folks thought that the Internet should have one too. Go to Find Yourself On the Internet and find yourself on the Internet.
21. Where are you?