31 August 2004

Aerial photography : http://www.terraserver.com/imagery/image_gx.asp?cpx=-113.5968827&cpy=53.47828798&res=8&provider_id=320&t=pan Map subscription model (time-based) : http://www.terraserver.com/subscribe/subscribe.asp

Books versus other supports (like interactive information maps?) : http://www.thegreatideas.org/34w/TGIO288.pdf ... "new technologies will render obsolete many kinds of books, like encyclopedias and manuals... with the advantage that it permits cross-references and nonlinear retrieval of information.

"There's no limit to what a man can do, or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Eric Brill, Microsoft Research.

30 August 2004

New MoreGoogle ( http://www.moregoogle.com/ ) features, one of them being a "zoom-in" on preview thumbnails (just move your mouse over the image), and another one is a site info "ToolTip". .. http://www.moregoogle.com/labs/zooming-previews.html

First international concept mapping conference in Spain next month : http://cmc.ihmc.us/

The European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) is the world’s premier transnational conference dedicated to the science of visual perception : http://ecvp2005.neuralcorrelate.com/

"When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are." - R. H. Grant

"When one has nothing left to lose one becomes courageous. We are timid only when we have something left to cling to." - Don Juan Matus The Second Ring Of Power (Carlos Castaneda)

27 August 2004

Like a map(?)...viewers have the freedom to chart their own course through the artworks. Reading a DVD is nothing like reading a magazine, though, and sometimes the effort of re-cycling back to the main menu to browse the next project is a confusing, albeit liberating, enterprise. By demanding full reader engagement in this way, Chaise both proscribes an art experience (no flipping through ads while watching tv) and demands respect. From http://www.chaisemag.com/piece.php?id=4&image=3

Large historical photo database http://www.photos.blm.gov/his_imsearch.html (slow to search?)

Someone has just posted a new entry in your Bravenet Guestmap. You can read this entry by Viewing your Guestmap Service.

Trend away from source materials printed after 1923, unless you want to do a copyright search on them. The underlying rights may not belong to the publisher-- if you can even find the publisher in today's publishing environment-- and you'd be liable to the copyright holder, who may or may not be the creator. It's just easier & safer to stick with OLD original materials.

26 August 2004

Cool Examples Created with SmartDraw : http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/examples/smartdraw.htm

For the interaction designer it's a question of striking the right balance between visual and structural complexity. People will complain about a visually complex page at the sight of it. But they will also complain if the information they need isn't immediately available to them when they start using the site. From http://www.guuui.com/issues/04_03.php

http://www.faganfinder.com/urlinfo/ tests URL's a dozen different ways.

"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand." - Putt's Law

25 August 2004

Flash-based http://www.exxonsecrets.org/ organizational map (after TheyRule)

Online History Museum: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/global.php3?Lang=1&PageName=ew_intro.php&pageMenu=6

The word "art" itself comes from the Greek word "arete". Arete is usually translated as virtue but this word only covers a fraction of the complete spectrum of the Greek concept. Arete means excellence, goodness, efficiency, skill, "being the best you can", "reaching your highest human potential". Thus the arete of a human being is to be the best possible human being you can be i.e. a human being adorned with qualities of courage, compassion, wisdom, honesty, tolerance, patience, magnanimity, equanimity, serenity, strength etc.

24 August 2004

Making Maps Easy to Read : http://richardphillips.org.uk/maps/index.htm It is argued that all types of graphic information are different solutions to a common problem: the brain's limited capacity to store unprocessed information. http://richardphillips.org.uk/maps/map1989.pdf

Map of Creativity (Flash) interface : http://www.ngf.org.uk/map/map.html lists over 400 eLearning projects around the world. Note how rolling over words (labels) moves the "magnifying glass" over different circle of the Fibonacci-like interface http://www.ngf.org.uk/flash.htm.

Journal of Maps : http://journalofmaps.com/about.php?helpfile=smartyLinks.html

Weather Channel maps : http://uk.weather.com/maps/lifestyles/intlboatingandbeach/atlanticwaveheightfcst24hr_large.html

Cartography lists and groups : http://www.soc.org.uk/other/other.html

AllPosters 700 "map" hits : http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=183801&search=map

"It's time to start living the lives we've imagined. " - Henry James

19 August 2004

Search engines which offer small screen shots of pages (thumbnails) with search results. While these are certainly nothing new they seem to be gaining in popularity. Thanks to the Google API (August 30th is the 2nd anniversary of the last update of the API -- "Bug fix release for beta2 ), you can also get Google results this way with ggler ( http://www.ggler.com/index.php ).

The project ‹ known as ARTstor and financed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (has poured more than $30 million into ARTstor (www.artstor.org)), could eventually revolutionize the way art history is taught and studied. It is available for nonprofit institutions only. The way technology has been able to transform education is remarkable, said Neil Rudenstine, the former Harvard University president who is now chairman of ARTstor. "That only happens, if you are lucky, once a century." ...using ARTstor's images was like "entering the print with your eye." http://nytimes.com/2004/08/14/arts/design/14ART.html?8hpib

The urban maze : http://www.nature.com/news/2004/040809/full/040809-18.html There really does seem to be a property, peculiar to cities, that makes them harder to find your way around than other types of network.

from http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_08_11_index.html#109222064061401876
from http://www.researchbuzz.org/archives/001929.shtml

"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean." - G. K. Chesterton

"...just think what you know to think, say what you know to say, and do what you know to do, you'll blow all their little minds." - The Universe

18 August 2004

Vectorize Your Browser (SVG Open / Carto.netDevelopers Conference) : http://www.svgopen.org/2002/program.html . Navigation often means that one has to make a second small-scale linked overview map with a new symbolisation.

Information Mapping addresses;
- from seeing to understanding
- visual communication and pictorial meaning
- from static pictures to dynamic images
- technology, media and the dissemination of knowledge
- ubiquitous learning and the transformation of education

"Traditional collage offers the artist a physical pleasure: wandering." - Alain Alain Valet (marbrure2000@yahoo.fr)

17 August 2004

"The technology of the modern media has produced new possibilities of interaction... What is needed is a wider view encompassing the coming rewards in the context of the treasures left us by the past experiences, possessions, and insights." - Rudolf Arnheim (Summer 2000)

Islands in the shape of the continents http://www.theworld.ae/theworld/theworld.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2004/07/24/pliner24.xml&sSheet=/property/2004/07/24/ixptop17.html

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." - Thomas Alva Edison
Frequently an important invention is made before the world is ready to receive it, and the unhappy inventor is taught, by his failure, that it is as unfortunate to be in advance of his age as to be behind it. http://www.ideafinder.com/features/smallstep/index.htm Did you ever wonder how many inventions were the result of an accident, how many great ideas were not even recognized by their inventor?

Producing authentic looking old paper : http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/aging_paper.html

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." - Peter Drucker

"The primary mission of the university is not to train but to educate, not to do research or transfer technology, not to prepare students for jobs but to make them more discerning people, capable of seeing through the political and commercial hucksterisms of their times, of establishing their own values and finding their own meaning in life, of constructing and expressing their own compelling narratives. " - James Downey, University of Waterloo

He had brought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply“They are merely conventional signs!
Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank”
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best—A perfect and absolute blank!” - Lewis Carroll

"Unless, governor, teacher inspector, visitor,
This map becomes their window and these windows
That open on their lives like crouching tombs
Break, O break open, " - Stephen Spender (1909–1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 25–28).

"When I had mapped the pond ... I laid a rule on the map lengthwise, and then breadthwise, and found, to my surprise, that the line of greatest length intersected the line of greatest breadth exactly at the point of greatest depth." - Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854)

"We are voyagers, discoverers
of the not-known,the unrecorded;
we have no map;
possibly we will reach haven,
heaven." - Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961), U.S. poet. “The Walls Do Not Fall.”

"Genius is the naturalist or geographer of the supersensible regions, and draws their map; and, by acquainting us with new fields of activity, cools our affection for the old. These are at once accepted as the reality, of which the world we have conversed with is the show." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. “Uses of Great Men,” Representative Men (1850).

16 August 2004

Why mindmaps work "In the collages various levels of meaning coexist on a single pictorial plane. Confronted with this composite imagery we have no choice but to apply the notion, familiar from traditional art, of the picture as a unity, a totality. Looking at pictures has accustomed us to considering the motifs that appear within an image as a whole. If we were not compelled by the coherent nature of the collages to employ this simultaneous perception, we might be able to perceive the elements from which they are constructed individually and divide the enigmatic image into intelligible parts. This involves us in a continual clash between overall perception and a need for interpretation that fastens on one detail after another; and this clash, in turn, is the source of that unique mood produced by any confrontation with a Max Ernst image - elements that are intelligible in isolation become ambivalent on the level of composition and communication. http://www.artchive.com/artchive/E/ernst.html

ExpertiseFinder that would work by crawling people's blog content, penetrating corporate firewalls to find the best people in the world who had the desired expertise and creating a 'map' showing the most direct network path to those people and how much their expertise costs."

"Information overload is an opportunity for pattern recognition." - Marshall McLuhan (also an opportunity for scattered and incoherent thinking and doing) .

900 Issues http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/eng/decisions/2004/dt2004-43.htm

Vagabonding : "taking time off from your normal life — from six weeks, to four months, to two years — to discover and experience the world on your own terms." This is quite literally a journey, and it's a wonderful idea; a perfectly healthy and intelligent reaction to the systems they find themselves immersed in. I also believe that is a healthy and sensible idea for adults to consider regardless of their own ties to work and career. http://www.experiencedesignernetwork.com/archives/000477.html

"An effective leader is like the pilot of a ship at sea; he must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek." - Adapted from Henry Adams
"Now I ask, which is a better model for online learning? A system that tells you where to go, or a system that responds to where you are?" - Stephen Downes
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli

13 August 2004

IssueMap http://www.govcom.org/publications/drafts/ruckus_camp.gif crawled the Mweb sites, captured the sites' outgoing links, and found all common outgoing links, and rendered them, together with the interlinkings between participant sites in a social network map using centrality spatialisation techniques.

The cornerstone of Attensity's software solution PowerDrill is its ability to extract valuable pieces of data from free-form text - and combine them with structured data - to deliver high-value, actionable information. http://www.attensity.com/www/ "The use of diagramming rather than rules or examples is more accurate and specific".

MuralMosaic : http://www.lavoiestudios.com/MMM/mural.html

"Most people see what is, and never see what can be." - Albert Einstein

"... but i prefer someone like ernst who allowed his art to reflect the inward journey he cherished, with all its bumps and curves and smoothness. the older i get the more i realize how valuable ernst and all his experiments are to me. that includes the paintings i do not care for at all..." - McLaughlin mclaug@claranet.de

"There are two problems with GIS : 1) it's expensive, and 2) it costs a lot." - Ron Wild
NetMaps offer two significant advantages: 1) you don't have to pay for them, and 2) they're free.

"After alligator wrestling, or federal politics, there are few occupations as evidently foolhardy as Information Mappping.' - Ron Wild

"Nothing has to happen" - The Universe

12 August 2004

One-click capture of web pages/content to personal online folders, secure sharing of folders -- access from anywhere at anytime, simple 1-2-3 publishing; your folders, blogs, or web pages easy creation of social networks / communities of interest ++++...all in a single seamless interface. http://www.nextaris.com/

Mapping meta data http://www.animalsontheunderground.com/ where lines/points used to represent completely different things (overlaying original data/purpose). From http://www.nyclondon.com/blog/archives/2004/08/07/london_tube_map.blog

Mapping by hand from memory http://www.niffactuals.com/07-globe-new.html introduces fascinating exaggerations and ommissions

Maps on traffic control boxes http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/archives/000950.html

Natural (map) imagery http://www.yannarthusbertrand.com/shared/images/

"You can't waste time and you can't save time; you can only choose what you do at any given moment." - James Gleick
"Dreams actually come true (or not), long before they can be seen in time and space." - The Universe

"If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price."

11 August 2004

In some cases, you don't need the whole Information of a Web page. Therefore, ContentSaver extends the shortcut menu of Internet Explorer. It gives you total freedom on exactly what you save so you can save only the information that is important and valuable to you. You can save entire web pages, or selected parts (snippets, images, URLs, etc.). There's also a nifty "save multiple pages" button that saves not just the page you're viewing, but all of the pages linked from that page, automatically, without the need to open each one individually in your browser. http://www.macropool.de/en/products/contentsaver_pro/screenshots.html

There is VB Active-X source code which handles the connection between the local app and the WebGIS map (show the maps in a HTML browser but control them from the local app). Source is on http://www.mapbender.org, just follow the download links.

"What's missing from most people's lives, is the realization that nothing is missing from their lives." - Ron Wild
(ie. you probably already have whatever you think you may be looking for)

"Great minds, by definition, don't think alike." - Ron Wild

10 August 2004

Envision can play multiple shows at the same time, each in a different (Mac only) window. It can give you an overview of a Web site as a series of thumbnail images... http://www.opendoor.com/envision/EnvisionFAQ.html

Map Mecca http://www.rgs.org/category.php?page=socimap the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) opened its new facilities to the public, which provide access to one of the world’s largest geographical collections containing over two million maps, photographs, books, artwork, artefacts and documents... 500 years of geographical discovery and research.

The mistakes in old maps are one of the primary aspects which makes them interesting to us, and much of the history of cartography is the history of the correction of these errors. http://www.philaprintshop.com/myth.html

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the trouble makers. The round pegs in the square holes , the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, glorify or vilify then. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do..." - Apple

"You're not supposed to be able to see it with your eyes first (it wouldn't be "manifesting" if you could)
See it with your heart first. That's what it's there for, sort of". - The Universe

09 August 2004

Non-sequential Panning : "Overview-detail interfaces present multiple views of a map where the detail window shows a detailed map view, while the overview window shows an overview map. These interfaces have a number of benefits. (Example at http://www.amsterdamhotspots.nl/mapc3.html ) First, navigation is more efficient because users may navigate using the overview window rather than using the detail window. Clicking on any of the grid cells in the overview window, the map page refreshes and the map view in the detail window shifts to the area the user has clicked on." http://www.webmapper.net/maps/navigation/panning/grid_map/

(Im)possible Map http://www.zen-style.com/#updates Global participatory "Fool's World Map" project

"Given a two-dimensional surface, transparency and contrast are the means to place identities/forms through spatial depth. Transparency will place the forms in depth away from us and contrast will raise them towards us." - Newberry http://www.anartistsvoice.org/

"The individual, the great artist when he comes, uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own." - Hemingway

"I have the strong impression that the way to achieve status in business and government as a consultant-guru is to boil your message down into such a simplistic remedy that people can be induced to *believe* it, rather than *think about* it. There is a bigger market for evangelists than for philosophers. " - Conrad Taylor conrad@ideograf.demon.co.uk

"Art is anything you can get away with." - Marshall McLuhan

06 August 2004

ColorBrewer is a color diagnostic tool - not an online GIS. You cannot load your own data into ColorBrewer. Instead, use our maps to "test drive" a given color scheme to see if it suits your mapping needs. http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/c/a/cab38/ColorBrewerBeta.html

American doctrine of fair use, which tries to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in distributing ideas and allowing others to build on them. In general, an artist or writer can copy excerpts from the works of others for the purposes of education, criticism, research or news reporting. Fair use permits a creator to use someone else's work without permission from the owner. When evaluating fair use, courts consider four criteria, case by case: whether the new creative work has commercial purposes, how much of the original material the new work uses, how the new work affects the market value of the original, and the nature of the original. http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,64469,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

The Lesson In software, assume that everything is already patented. You can’t build anything, no matter how new it is, without infringing someone’s patent. Of course, a very high proportion of those patents could quite likely be invalidated by prior art, from both the patent space and outside. But that’s expensive; a patent is an extremely potent offensive weapon in the hands of a smart attorney, because most companies don’t have enough financial slack to fight intellectual-property litigation. http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/08/05/LinuxPatents ...
"But what I really worry about is the basic broken-ness of the US Patent system. It’s sucking money and time and resources out of the whole technology ecosystem; it’s a bleeding sore on our business and our culture and our people. It’s way past time to fix it. "

Digital Camera Poster Creator v2.03 (shareware) lets you create any size/shape poster from your digital images ( includes our exclusive Edge Calibration technology that custom adjusts for any printer and ensures seamless, top quality posters). http://www.srs1software.com/download.htm#dcpc

Turkish Map Fold http://www.sfcb.org/php/bookpix.php3?id=t3-111604-bnd

"Most search tools focus on improving the "search experience; Information Maps are focused on the "discovery experience."" - Ron Wild

how to be creative http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/000876.html

Map as jacket lining http://oldmaps.free.fr/livre/mecamaps03.htm also http://www.silkmaps.com

"Mankind cannot bear too much reality." - T.S. Eliot

05 August 2004

LookAhead ( http://lookahead.mozdev.org/ ), a tool for proactively getting Google results in multiple browser windows. Once you've installed the extension, and choose LookAhead, you can run a Google search and get the results opened in multiple browser windows. It is not clear how many windows open at a time. It does look like you will need an API key to make this work.

04 August 2004

"[Mapmaking is] an incredibly difficult job. Let's say you're working in the seventeenth or eighteenth century, an age in which mapmakers were sometimes referred to as "world describers." In geometry, describe means to draw or trace the outline of something; in poetry, it means to get at the essence of something, to bring it to life in a way that's both startling and beautiful. You've got to do both kinds of description--and do it in a medium that partially visible, partially mathematical, partially textual, a complicated miscellany of scale, orientation, projection, grids, signs, symbols, lines, colors, words." - Miles Harvey : From The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

Cartographica Extraordinaire: The Historical Map Transformed by David Rumsey (excellent book to get). "Not satisfied with merely amassing a hoard of handsome old maps, Rumsey, who has already shared his collection with us online, shows us in these breathtaking pages why old maps are so interesting. In the process of telling stories about maps, handsomely reproducing maps, enlarging map details, stitching maps together, and combining maps with the latest digital data, Rumsey and Punt expose us to the joyous disorder of cartophilia." - Allen Carroll, Chief Cartographer, National Geographic Society

The Voyages of the Treasure Fleets, 1421-3 are illustrated here using an animated flash movie. http://www.1421.tv/maps.asp

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John W. Gardner

03 August 2004

Sitemap with page thumbs http://www.joe10.com/sitemap/cloud/map.html

Logotypes; http://www.logotypes.ru/list_e.asp?cat=M&page=2

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way." - Franklin P. Adams (ie the benefit of information maps?)

Everyone has somewhere to go and an all important train to catch, except, it seems, yourself. And as you ponder this in bewilderment, you scare yourself even more by realizing that you have no idea what your train will look like. Or whether it has come and gone already (?)