Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New paper published: Volunteered Geographic Information and Crowdsourcing Disaster Relief

A paper that I wrote a few months ago (with Matthew Zook, Taylor Shelton and Sean Gorman) has just been published in World Medical and Health Policy. The abstract is below, or you can also download the full article here.

This paper outlines the ways in which information technologies (ITs) were used in the Haiti relief effort, especially with respect to web-based mapping services. Although there were numerous ways in which this took place, this paper focuses on four in particular: CrisisCamp Haiti, OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, and GeoCommons. This analysis demonstrates that ITs were a key means through which individuals could make a tangible difference in the work of relief and aid agencies without actually being physically present in Haiti. While not without problems, this effort nevertheless represents a remarkable example of the power and crowdsourced online mapping and the potential for new avenues of interaction between physically distant places that vary tremendously.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

Ethan Zuckman gave an excellent speech on the need to listen to global voices yesterday at the TED conference in Oxford. I'm quite proud that he used some of my work to illustrate part of his argument. You can watch the whole talk below:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Popular Mapping Links

A popular mapping reference list:

A review of Bill Bunge's work:

Another source with a lot of information about participatory mapping, participatory GIS and bottom-up mapping is - there is an annotated bibliography on the site. See also and

Studies of Newcastle (UK):
Facebook group
Flickr group

An Italian example:

Artists producing maps include:
Stephen Walter
Christian Nold
Denis Wood

There is also the Counter Cartographies Collective at UNC-Chapel Hill (North Carolina, USA)

See also The People's Atlas of Chicago by AREA-Chicago

To get good idea of authors on mental maps and radical/subversive cartography:

On psychogeography and cartography:

Other references:

Bertuzzo, E. T. (2009) Fragmented Dhaka: Analysing everyday life with Henri Lefebvre's Theory of Production of Space, Franz Steiner Verlag, Frankfurt.

Bhagat, Alexis and Mogel, Lizzie (eds) (2008) An Atlas of Radical Cartography, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press.

Blaut, J. M., & Stea, D. (1971). Studies of Geographic Learning. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 61(2), 387-393.

Chawla, L. (2001). Growing up in an urbanizing world. London: Earthscan.

Crampton, J. W. (2009) "Maps 2.0." Progress in Human Geography,33(1), pp. 91-100.

Crampton, J. W. (2010) Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS, John Wiley, Malden MA and Oxford.

Crouch, D. and Matless, D. (1996) "Refiguring Geography: the parish maps of Common Ground," Transactions of the IBG, 21(1), 236-255.

Dodge, M.; Kitchin, R. and Perkins, C. (eds) (2009) Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory, Routledge, New York.

Downs, Roger M. and David Stea (1977) Maps in Minds: Reflections on Cognitive Mapping, Harper and Row, New York.

Freeman, C., & Vass, E. (2010). Planning, Maps, and Children's Lives: A Cautionary Tale. Planning Theory & Practice, 11(1), 65 - 88.

Harmon, K. (2003) You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Princeton Architectural Press.

Harmon, K. (2009) The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Princeton Architectural Press.

Karsten, L. (2002). Mapping childhood in Amsterdam: The spatial and social construction of children's domains in the city. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 93(3), 231-241.

Kraftl, P., Horton, J., & Tucker, F. (2007). Children, young people and built environments. Built Environment, 33(4), 399-404.

Lynch, Kevin (1982 [1960]) The Image of the City, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Matthews, M. H. (1985). Young children's representations of the environment: A comparison of techniques. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 5(3), 261-278.

Monmonier, Mark (1996) How To Lie With Maps, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Perkins, C. (2007) Community Mapping, The Cartographic Journal Vol. 44 No. 2 pp. 127-137.

Pocock, D. and Hudson, R. (1978) Images of the Urban Environment, Macmillan.

Thompson, N. (2009) Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism, Melville House.

Travlou, P., Owens, P. E., Thompson, C. W., & Maxwell, L. (2008). Place mapping with teenagers: locating their territories and documenting their experience of the public realm. Children's Geographies, 6(3), 309 - 326.

Turchi, P. (2004) Maps of the Imagination: Writer as Cartographer, Trinity University Press.

Wood, Denis (1992) The Power of Maps, Guilford Press, New York.

Wridt, P. A qualitative GIS approach to mapping urban neighborhoods with children to promote physical activity and child-friendly community planning. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 37(1), 129-147.

List put together by Euan Hague with assistance from Martin Dodge, Jane M. Jacobs, Ray Hudson, Tim Hall, Chris Perkins, Stuart Aitken, Jeremy Crampton, Christina Ergler, Brian Wright, Peter Kraftl, Muki Haklay, Paul B. Williams, Claudia Meschiari, Owain Jones, Jamison R. Miller, Jon Swords, Stephen Boyd Davis, Rebecca Ellis and Joe Gerlach.

Please suggest any additions and changes.

Augmented (hyper)Reality

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.