The history and the future of geotagging: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Aaron Straup Cope, a programmer who works with maps and geographical datasets. The conversation covers his time as one of Flickr’s earliest employees, data visualization, gazetteers, the evils of Wal-Mart, geocoding (and reverse geocoding), and one of the most controversial decisions in online mapping — Google’s decision to cut off the poles and make the world a square.
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Let’s face it. Paper maps are a bit out of fashion now that we have smartphones. But old world maps and atlases are chock-full of history, of once-uncharted territories — and if you zoom close, "sea monsters."
Designing change: How OS is learning to love the customer
In the old world, the maps of Ordnance Survey were a work of art, patiently learnt by avid users. Now, impatient users expect products to be immediately intuitive. Changing to a user centred world means changing the way OS creates its products. It means changing the way the company works.
Find out how a British institution is adapting to design thinking, and learning to love its customers.
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Google Maps celebrated its 10-year anniversary this month. In that decade, web and mobile mapping companies have sprung up to chart the corner of every city and integrate real time transportation data into these maps. What will the maps of the future look like, and will they help us move from point A to point B more efficiently?
On this week’s Tech Weekly podcast, we mark Google Maps’ 10th anniversary – yes, it has been 10 whole years since digital maps hit the mainstream and banished the A to Z from people’s bags.
Gary Gale from the UK’s Ordnance Survey joins us down the line to talk about the company’s mapping initiatives around digital maps and where maps go next – indoors.
Plus professor Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute discusses how the geographies of the internet have reconfigured how people engage with the city.
It’s @michalmigurski! We talk about
- open data
- Code for America
- This Day in A Year Before Now, including
- the news of the admission of California to the U.S. (Sept 9, but we didn’t find out until Oct 18)
- as well as the Great Earthquake of Oct 21, 1868.
A History of the World in Maps - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Throughout history, maps have always been as much about their creators and their worldviews as about reproducing an accurate replica of the world. Early maps were also about the unknown and how to display the borders of the known world. Monsters in illustration were often used to represent what lay beyond the edge of the world, and cartographers competed to create the best and scariest monsters on their creations.
Professor and BBC documentary presenter Jeremy Brotton has produced a study of the cultural values embodied in maps and collected them in a book called A History of the World in Twelve Maps.
On the Map author Simon Garfield speaks with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the history of maps, how they can be used as political tools, and how GPS and modern mapping applications are changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the world.
Interview: Jerry Brotton, Author Of ‘A History of the World in Twelve Maps’ | Mapping Our World View : NPR
In A History of the World in Twelve Maps, Jerry Brotton examines the construction of a dozen world maps throughout history, and argues that world maps are no more objective today than they were thousands of years ago.
We look into a Tumblr account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestagram.
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