30 March 2005

Full text search engine results (?) : http://www.brainboost.com/search.asp?Q=what+is+information+mapping%3F Brainboost uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques to go the extra mile, by actually answering questions, in plain English.

http://www.technoism.com/technoism/VisualIndex.php Example of a "visual index" to blog entries.

http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/datelens/ supports users in performing planning and analysis tasks by using a fisheye representation of dates coupled with compact overviews, user control over the visible time period and integrated search. This enables users to see overviews, easily navigate the calendar structure, and discover patterns and outliers.

3D-ish desktop : http://www.spatialresearch.com/spaces/ Spaces leverages spatial memory by providing a virtual workspace on the desktop that enhances and increases existing screen real estate. The brain is effectively able to associate location with task. (Spatial Memory involves the ability to remember the spatial layouts of environments: knowing the locations of objects, your location, and how to navigate from one place to another).

Mapping tutorials and resources : http://www.cadapult-software.com/tutorial_list.htm

There is really no limit to ways data may be presented on a map, but there are a few defined standards: a choropleth, dot density, chart, and scaled symbols map: http://www.socialexplorer.com/maps/home.asp ; a large collection of maps derived from U.S. census data.

"How to build a better web browser" (according to one Scott Berkun). http://www.scottberkun.com/essays/essay37.htm

http://kartoweb.itc.nl/webcartography/webbook/contents/contents.htm for 13 different perspectives on web mapping. Mini-thumbnails of book diagrams shown in right-hand column (with ALT roll-overs, like at http://kartoweb.itc.nl/webcartography/webbook/ch07/ch07.htm ). Unfortunately no labels on their interactive navigation map http://kartoweb.itc.nl/webcartography/webbook/index1.htm

Each Manhattan tourist map contains 100 plastic coated lenses per inch. Under each tiny lens lie three separate images containing geographic data. These data layers are sliced and stacked on top of one another making each slice just 1/300th of an inch wide. That’s small enough for the Dynamap (http://www.urbanmapping.com/ ) to play subtle tricks on a viewer’s eye ( The viewer thinks she sees multiple layers of information, almost like a hologram; by rotating the map, the angle of viewing is changed and one of the resulting three layers can be viewed). : http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=811&trv=1

Map Design Competition Winners : http://www.acsm.net/cagis/04mapwinners.html

Reverse subliminal imagery (?); hiding text within graphic files : http://www.dancemammal.com/imagehide.htm

Determinism And Free Will* : http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/DPF.CHAP30.HTM

Listening to the tape series “The Discoverers” by Daniel Boorstin.

“What’s the point of having a map if you already know the way?” - Stanley Brouwn
“Here then is the pattern in my carpet, the sense of eternal mysteries, the eternal beauty hidden beneath the crust of common and commonplace things; hidden and yet burning and glowing continually if you care to look with purged eyes.” - Arthur Machen ‘The London Adventure’ (1924)
“The world is a cypher, he does best who hints most closely at the secret message latent in the signs exhibited to us.” - Arthur Machen
“Our life is no dream; but it ought to become one, and perhaps will.” - Novalis
“We are closer to things invisible than to things visible.” - George MacDonald
“Doubt as a treatment for the disorder of certainty.” - Carsten Holler
“To change life we must first change space.” - Henri Lefebvre
“The artist is a map-maker…poetry is a place.” - William Burroughs
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes

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