January 26, 2010

Metropolitan Level Maps of Cyberscapes

Over the next weeks we will begin to post a range of metropolitan level maps of user generated Google placemarks. These maps illustrate one of the "cyberscapes" of these cities, i.e., the cloud of geo-coded data in cyberspace which provides an additional layer for human interaction.

Cyberscapes, consist of multiple layers, e.g., Google placemarks, Wikipedia articles, geotagged Flickr, Twitter Tweets, etc., but the metro maps are limited to user generated placemarks.

The examples of New York's and Capetown's cyberscapes below illustrate how these cyberscapes vary over location and topic. The white box in each map indicates the area for which we have data. Stay tuned....




All User Generated Placemarks
New York City, January 2009


User Generated Placemarks Referencing Crime
New York City, January 2009


All User Generated Placemarks
Cape Town, South Africa, January 2009

User Generated Placemarks Referencing Crime
Cape Town South Africa, January 2009






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8 comments:

  1. I'd love to see one for Chicago!

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  2. All kinds of cyberscapes of Chicago are coming soon!

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  3. what is a user generated placemark?

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  4. Dudes, love you dearly, but it's Cape Town not Capetown. Oh, and would love to see the corresponding crime references for Cape Town - any reason why they're not shown here?

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  5. Lexington? One-third the size of Louisville. Not a major city. What's up with that?

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  6. Hey there! We live in Lexington!

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  7. I think there is plenty value in visualizing small/mid-sized cities rather than just large cities. Also, can you do this using symbols with simple changing color rather than increasing size AND changing color. The big dots create a visual focus but obscure geographic breakpoints that may indicate unique or unusual patterns at a smaller scale.

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  8. The crime spike on Wall Street in Manhattan is probably not due to muggings, but instead content related to the banking crisis, bailouts, etc.

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