23 December 2004

"Today nonlinear dynamics theorists and structural evolutionary theorists use the terms "structural attractors," "emergent complexity," and "self-organization" to describe the same kinds of phenomena that interested Kant, Bergson, and many other teleologists and vitalists." http://sls-2002.caltech.edu/sessions/abstracts.html Why information maps work: "...power of Feynman diagrams as visual metaphors for the spatio-temporal causal models we typically find in works of art. Feynman diagrams and works of art appear to rely on very similar cognitive operations, apparently capable of spanning most of the universe, including the small and the large, the slow and the fast, the past and the future.

" The information map-maker as the graphic arbiter of the knowledge landscape" - RW

22 December 2004

Comparison of Image Enlargement Methods : http://www.general-cathexis.com/interpolation.html#anchor5
"Potential counts for nothing until it's realized."
"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Dream what you want to dream; Go where you want to go; Be what you want to be;
Because you have only one life; And one chance to do all the things you want to do." - Nemo

21 December 2004

Knowledge-based Content Navigation : http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~lsacks/research/pubs/lcs115.pdf (and sSee references). TopicMaps consist of a new standardised tool developed to model and manage knowledge structures and information resources.

"Navigation - (from http://dspace.learningnetworks.org/retrieve/536/SURF+Onderwijsdagen.pdf )
-the process of determining a path to be travelled by any object through any environment" - Darken & Silbert(1993)
- is a social and frequently a collaborative process" - Hutchins (1995)
- "Everyone should be able to follow open learning pathways of their own choice, rather than being obliged to follow predetermined routes to specific destinations." - Commission of the European Communities, A
Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (2000)
- Exploiting collective learner interactions to help learners select efficient paths to reach their target from their position; "Others who went before you proceeded that way to reach the target". =Map

Navigating through e-Learning Objects : "...the learner should be directed towards reasonable selection and sequencing choices by recommending appropriate learning paths [32]. There could also be synchronization rules to specify or at least to restrict the order in which objects are available to the learners; access to objects could evolve dynamically according to the objects the learner already visited [34]. Links to objects preferred by the instructor could be presented more prominently than others." - http://opess.ie.iwi.unibe.ch/download/CLNGL03.pdf

The History of Memory Techniques Leading to Mind Maps by Tony Buzan : "When you are Mind Mapping, you are not only practising and exercising your fundamental memory powers and your information processing, networking and organising capabilities; you are also using the entire range of your cortical skills, on the way to helping you manifest your own genius!" http://www.mapitsoftware.com/english/mapit/history.htm

Maps on flags : http://www.photius.com/flags/map.html

Time Magazine (90 )references for "Mortimer Adler" : http://www.time.com/time/searchresults?search_date_range=range&searchnav=radioValue&query=Mortimer+Adler&from_month=01&from_day=01&from_year=1923&to_month=12&to_day=31&to_year=2005&x=45&y=10
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki
"Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable, do nothing." - William Feather
"What if feelings of uncertainty and confusion were only reminders that you have options, that there's no hurry, and that everything is as it should be... Would you still then feel disadvantaged? What if mistakes and failures only ever happened when your life was about to get even better than it's ever been before... Would you still call them mistakes and failures?..." - The Universe


20 December 2004

The Pursuit of Knowledge, From Genesis to Google : "The accumulation of knowledge isn't knowledge." - If Babel symbolized our incommensurate ambition, the Library of Alexandria showed how this ambition might be achieved. Set up by Ptolemy I in the third century B.C., it was meant to hold every book on every imaginable subject. by 1988, the Library of Congress alone was receiving 500,000 printed items per year, from which it sparingly kept about 400,000... Millions of pages will be waiting temptingly for their online readers and (to refer back to Genesis) "nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." ...(but) reading, in order to allow reflection, requires slowness, depth and context; that leafing through a material book or roaming through material shelves is an intimate part of the craft... We can still read the words on papyrus ashes saved from the charred ruins of Pompeii; we don't know for how long it will be possible to read a text inscribed in a 2004 CD. ... Jorge Luis Borges, who once imagined an infinite library of all possible books, invented a Bouvard-and-P├ęcuchet-like character who tries to compile a universal encyclopedia so complete that nothing would be excluded from it. In the end, like his French forerunners, he fails, but not entirely.He realizes that his project was not impossible but merely redundant. The world encyclopedia, the universal library, already exists and is the world itself. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/19/weekinreview/19mang.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5040&en=13eb20f276348db8&ex=1104210000&partner=MOREOVER

MAP, a representation, on a plane and a reduced scale, of part or the whole of the earths surface. If specially designed to meet the requirements of seamen it is called a chart, if on an exceptionally large scale a plan. The words map and chart are derived from mappa and cliarta, the former being the Latin for napkin or cloth, the latter for papyrus or parchment. Maps were thus named after the material upon which they were drawn or painted. In Italian, Spanish and Portuguese the word mappa has retained its place, by the side of carte, for marine charts, but in other languages both kinds of maps are generally known by a word derived from the Latin charla, as carte in French, Karte in German, Kaart in Dutch. A chart, in French, is called carte hydrographique, marine or des ctcs; in Spanish or Portuguese carla de marear, in Italian carla da navigare, in German Seekarte (to distinguish it from Landkarte), in Dutch Zeekaart or ,Paskaart. A chart on Mercators projection is called Wassende graadkaart in Dutch, carte rduite in French. Lastly, a collection of maps is called an atlas, after the figure of Atlas, the Titan, supporting the heavens, which ornamented the title of Lafreris and Mercators atlases in the s6th century. http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/M/MA/MAP.htm

17 December 2004

Effective zoom : http://jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/maps/jer/html/gallery5.html (example). "In order to view explanation for specific area of the map, please drag the black rectangle over the desired area in the thumbnail image above, then position the cursor on numbered site or text in the enlarged image." JavaScript code from http://www.24fun.com/downloadcenter/utilmapzoomer/utilmapzoomer2.html
Also applicable:
Zoom showing (red) zoom lines : http://www.sdsu.edu/map/display.cgi?365,153

Evidence that the Process of Constructing a Knowledge Map Helps Learners: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE/Fisher_aaas2000.html

Sample maps from Atlas of Science Literacy : http://www.project2061.org/publications/atlas/sample/toc.htm

(Geo) base Maps of the World : http://www.nationmaster.com/countries.php?b_map=1
Flags : http://www.nationmaster.com/countries.php?b_flag=1

Ancient maps of Jerusalem : http://jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/maps/jer/html/gallery.html

Historic Cities Mapmakers & Artists : http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/mapmakers/search_mapmaker.html

16 December 2004

The Labyrinth Project : A Research Initiative for Expanding the Visual Language of Interactive Narrative : http://www.annenberg.edu/labyrinth/press_photos2.html

"A labyrinth is a multicursal maze representing alternate paths to the source of being."

MindMapping Vs ConceptMapping : Here is a concept map and a mind map from the same set of concepts: http://wiki.conceptmapping.org/view/Discussion/MindMappingVsConceptMapping#foo_1.4

"The new information resources available via the Internet and in software applications present us with constantly mutating layerings of words and pictures. Do such media images act as supplements or “illustrations” to words, or vice versa? What relation lies between word and image, what are its claims, and how does it insert itself into our consciousness? : http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/topics05.htm
... recently coined term) “word-and-image art” (=MAP?) ... what do they have in common with the illuminated manuscript, the emblem book, the cartoon, the comic strip, or film? How has the visual entered literary genres, how have words and texts changed the way we view and “read” art—historically, or in the present? ... the word-image opposition is linked to other strongly ideological binaries: masculinity versus femininity, time versus space, abstraction versus materiality, art versus nature. ...Romantic ideals of synthesis and recombination, the word-image relationship has been a continuous theme of literary and art historical thought.

Visualization is an interdisciplinary imaging science devoted to making the invisible visible through the techniques of experimental visualization and computer-aided visualization. : http://www.vsj.or.jp/dbe.html
Journal of Visualization

8'x10' interactive video Wall Map (integrating Flash with XML) : http://www.natecook.com/work/nrg_demo/demo.html

"I didn't think, I investigated." - Wilhelm Roentgen (acknowledged the discovery of a major landmark in modern life: the x-ray, in 1895)

"Don't confuse where you want to go, with how you're going to get there." - Ron Wild

Philosophical Quotations - Index: http://radicalacademy.com/philosophicalquotations.htm

15 December 2004

a good info map animated zoom
Originally linked to by rwild.

"[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 (The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime)

"Why do scientists call it research when they are looking for something new?" -
"If you just do what you can, with what you have, from right where you are, IT WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH." - The Universe
"Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely." - Erma Bombeck

14 December 2004

ImageZoom Alter the size that the image appears to be by clicking multiple times on the links below the image : http://javascript.about.com/library/blzoom.htm#
Thumbnail Image Pop-ups : http://javascript.about.com/library/blpopup8.htm

A Time Line for online Literature Available from Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.net/ : http://www.freeeliterature.com/AtripThroughTime/The%20FreeELiterature%20TimeLine.htm#_The_15th_Century

Visualization "tags" : http://del.icio.us/tag/visualization

How to Create A JavaScript Windows Interface : http://www.webreference.com/programming/javascript/gr/column6/index.html
JavaScript resource : http://www.webreference.com/programming/javascript/

Spatial Systems, Inc.: software development company focused on creating and marketing products to simplify Web browsing and Internet use. This software will be based on portraying an intuitive representation of the user's Internet browsing habits, using spatial and temporal references that more closely resemble the way people actually process information. The program will also track, categorize, and weight the user's online navigation habits and definitions, along with providing map-like and time-line display options. : http://www.spatialsystems.com/

"Visionaries are the pole stars by which we navigate our imagination to new lands and then, sometimes, if we are lucky, to new realities." - Judith Paulson
"In all the world there is no other map like this map." - Piri Reis in 1513
"The secret to always being at the right place, at the right time, is knowing you always are." - The Universe

13 December 2004

Explore unique applications of visualization tools to approach larger problems such as mapping human knowledge in a geographic context : http://vw.indiana.edu/envision05/

A nice live (JavaScript?) map monitoring example http://www4.passur.com/lax.html showing planes landing. - AirportMonitor - by Megadata - powered by PASSUR"- AirportMonitor - by Megadata - powered by PASSUR"/SCRIPT src="/files/AMscript.js" language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

GUIdebook http://www.aci.com.pl/mwichary/guidebook/components/interface/dialogs

Senior academics Mind Mapping research project : http://www.mayomi.com/ provides online map creation functionality.

A good Mindmapping Map : http://www.b-smart.net/images/MMPlaws.jpg

"All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." - John Kenneth Galbraith
"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." - Theodore M. Hesburgh
"I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. " - Eleanor Roosevelt
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. " - - Eleanor Roosevelt
"One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to
you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. " - Eleanor Roosevelt
"1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote." -Ralph Waldo Emerson (from http://gocreate.com/QuotAmaze/index.htm )

10 December 2004

from animated MeetingMap
Originally uploaded by rwild.
A demo animated zoom (gif ani)

The processes of inquiry encompassing imagination, exploration, discovery, and reflection are universal among artists, scholars, scientists, and engineers. All seek to uncover new knowledge through innovations that will improve our lives and communicate new ways of understanding ourselves and the universe. The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) is a creative research convergence zone for intrepid artists and scholars who are pioneers of an unfolding new era in the arts. http://www.washington.edu/dxarts/research.php

Urban Cartography is a collaborative weblog (i.e., anyone can contribute, and we wish you would; just write us for a posting account) dedicated to covering cartography and related subjects: http://www.urbancartography.com/

"I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Wandering through this world of woe
But there's no sorrow, toil or danger
In that bright land to which I go." - Booker T. Washington (Up from Slavery)

09 December 2004

Online logo or button processor : http://www.cooltext.com/LogoEdit.aspx?LogoID=7313195

The Intranet "Roadmap" wallchart lists the key activities required in each of the project streams. ; http://www.steptwo.com.au/products/roadmap/index.html

"Don't give me your perfect offering, there's a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in". - Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

08 December 2004

JavaScript code that gradually (zooms?) open new window : http://www.photomontage.com/cover/index.html

MetaDraw will allow you to zoom by code or end-user action. In code you can simply set a Zoomfactor property oryou can zoom independantly in X and Y directions with PicXSize andPicYSize properties. You can also allow end-users to zoom by mousescroll wheel, or by drawing a zoom rectangle with mouse and havingMetaDraw automatically zoom to that area. : http://www.bennet-tec.com/btproducts/metadraw/metadraw.htm

Gone (unfortunately) $99.00Date: 6/10/2001 Full featured and affordable image processing at your fingertips. Displays an image with the ability to align, stretch, scroll, zoom and move it. With databinding capabilities. Supports all common raster image formats BMP, PCX, JPG, TIF, PNG, TGA, from http://www.developersdex.com/vb/?p=1000&page=1

What would art look like if it were to please the greatest number of people? http://www.diacenter.org/km/painting.html Reason for not designing map interface to lowest common denomiator.

Repository of classic and historical texts available online. : http://www.grantdavis.net/wisdom/library2.shtml

Aerial Imagery took the mostly international SPIN-2 imagery and has since morphed into Terraserver.com. Microsoft took the USGS imagery of the US and became Microsoft Terraserver and now Terraserver-usa.com. : http://www.terraserver.com/imagery/image_ermapper.asp?ulx=317642.6061&uly=3319581.2421&lrx=321642.6061&lry=3315581.2421&image=93&provider_id=150&t=pan
Sells image files or posters: Image Sizes $6.95 - Small (500x500 pixels) $15.95 - Medium (750x750 pixels) $24.95 - Large (1000x1000 pixels) $36.95 - XL (1500x1500 pixels) $49.95 - XXL (2000x2000 pixels)
Print Sizes $19.95 - 8"x8" Glossy Print $19.95 - 8"x8" Matte Print $24.95 - 16"x20" Glossy Print $59.95 - 16"x20" Matte Print $79.95 -$149.95 - 36"x36" Print

"When you come to a fork in the road....Take it." - Yogi Berra
"Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, buthow well you bounce." -
"Every path has some puddles." -
"You're going to laugh all right, at how close you were when you thought yourself far, how much more strength you had, when you thought you had none, and about how easy life was, when you thought it hard." - The Universe

06 December 2004

To generate more-relevant answers, organizations including the federal government are using topic maps to index their data. : http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,65840,00.html Organizing content with Topic maps provides context for words that can have multiple meanings. Understanding Topic Maps : http://www.infoloom.com/whitepaper.htm
The Problem; The amount of information available on line has been doubling in size every 6 months for the last 3 years, with equally rapid growth predicted for years to come. Today there are 42 million active Internet users, and the potential is an estimated 270 million. In addition to a skyrocketing number of users, the number of pages is rapidly increasing as well. A study conducted at the NEC Research Institute estimates that the Web has over 800 million searchable pages. Search engines do not keep up with the rapid explosion of Web pages. NECRI tells us that it takes more than six months for a new page to show up on a search engine. Even one of the best engines, Northern Light, only searches one-sixth of the Web's pages.
Topic Maps Sites of interest http://www.infoloom.com/tmsites.htm

Welcome. HistoryShots are data graphics that explain historical events or stories. : http://www.historyshots.com/

Faces are handled differently in the brain from other objects : http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=3445743 (Researchers are exploring how and where in the brain people recognise faces.) Implications for using portrait imagery as map point icons (?)

Odd, curious, and fanciful maps from the holdings of the Map Collection, Yale University Library:
http://www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/curious.html including http://www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/lifepath.gif

Scalable Inline Image Replacement code : http://axisfive.net/aboutsiir/

"Not all those who wander are lost." - JRR Tolkien

03 December 2004

First tagging (http://del.icio.us/url/5f8f945cd56c754f1868bea33342b90a )by del.icio.us community (to Blogs Visualization by CMo andto mapping place web by hive ... on 2004-12-03 ). del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others. : http://del.icio.us/doc/about Thanks to these 2 people, others may learn about this innovative informtion mapping project.

PerspecX : Create perspective effects on images or text. Perspective corrections may be made by specifying where any four points on an image should move to when creating a distorted version of the image. A particular application is to distort an aerial photograph so that all features exactly match the locations of the same features on a map. : http://www.xiberpix.com/PerspecX.html

Online Drawing Applet (Flash) : http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/?RFID=140772

"one needn't learn all the mysteries of the internet, to sail effortlessly around its information". - RW

02 December 2004

Cybermapping examines how “maps” are created and used in the new information era and economy to efficiently harness the exponential growth in available information. ..cybercartography may be a useful technology and method for filtering and making sense out of large volumes of information while helping enterprises visualize and understand their complex organizational structures and business processes. Speaker(s): Eddy, Brian, Carleton University, Geomatics Cartographic Research Centre
Taylor, Fraser Dr., Carleton University, Geomatics Cartographic Research Centre

memorymapping.com is derived from Memory Mapping, both a process and a project created in 2000/2001 and exhibited in April 2001 by artist Megan Hurst. Memory Mapping involved the participation of Megan's acquaintances, friends and family members - all of whom had lived in some common locations either at the same or differing times - and each of whom drew maps of each place they had lived from memory. : http://www.expandedfield.com/memorymapping/about.cfm

RW "draws engaging informative map graphics ".

Curious World Maps is the fastest, most versatile and cost- effective way to create quality maps and geographical animations. : http://www.curious-software.com/products/worldmaps/

Mapping Knowledge Domains Colloquium May 2003
Originally uploaded by rwild.

Visualization of keywords appearing in PNAS between 1982 and 2001. The top 10% of highly cited PNAS papers were analyzed to reveal keywords listed with high frequency or rapid initial appearance (burst). The size of the circle indicates the magnitude of the burst, and the colors indicate the year in which the word appeared most frequently. Interconnections reveal those words frequently listed in the same publication. http://www.pnas.org/content/vol101/suppl_1/index.shtml

(NAS Colloquium) Mapping Knowledge Domains (2004) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) can be read online at : http://www.nap.edu/books/0309092329/html/index.html

01 December 2004

Stylized Depiction in Computer Graphics: Non-Photorealistic, Painterly and 'Toon Rendering an annotated survey of online (highly academic) resources : http://www.red3d.com/cwr/npr/#sketching including "Non-traditional perspective (for viewing and modeling)".

Sociocracy can be regarded as a fractal structure. (That is why, once the basics are understood, the procedures at the highest level are as clear as the procedures at the grassroots level. It also doesn't require very many levels to include a great number of people.) http://www.masternewmedia.org/2004/11/29/taking_back_our_decisionmaking_power.htm . Any holon (a whole made of it's own parts, yet itself part of a larger whole) is never completely independent (hierarchy).

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." - Alfred Adler
"The right circumstances, people, and opportunities are just like good ideas - they come to you, once you relax. Maybe this is true because they all start out as "good" ideas." - The Universe
"A word to the wise isn't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice."
" If quitters never win, and winners never quit, who came up with, "Quit while you're ahead"?"