Nowadays our orientation is very often not longer based exclusively on the actual geography and their landmarks. There are loads of alternatives, from street numbers to GPS routing in our smartphones, to guide us to a destination. All of those wayfinding devices have in common that they are abstracted projections of the real world’s spatial arrangement. Which brings us to two interesting implications: First, because abstraction means in this case a decrease of information, something is lost. And second, the longer you are using a device the more you accept it or get used to it. For instance the geographical structure of transportation networks are often reshaped to provide users with more understandable transit maps. These distortions have a major influence on people’s perception of a city’s geography, to the point they get stored mentally and become the collective representation of the real world’s geography.
‘Metrography’ attempts to explore this phenomenon using the most famous of transit maps: the London Tube Map.
This is the mySociety cache of OS OpenData, released 1st April 2010, and other related similarly-licensed data, as allowed under the licences.
Angry residents in Milton Keynes blocked the driver of a Google Street View car when he started taking photographs of their homes.
The postcode database — which turns a postcode to a latitude/longitude and back — is not free in the UK. In fact, it’s very expensive. The Post Office owns it and sells it to various companies that make use of it for things like insurance or parcel tracking. There are however many people who’d like to use it for non-profit purposes. Say you want to lay out events like free concerts / gigs on a map and you only have the postcode… you have to buy the database.
Instead, wouldn’t it be nice if it was free like zipcodes are in the US? To do this, you have to have a number of people collaborating with GPS units who note positions and postcodes. Hence this site to collect that data.
If you need to know London better, you may well find this fascinating.
Old-Maps is the UK’s most comprehensive historical map archive comprising site centred historical maps covering England, Wales and Scotland. We provide a complete step by step picture of land use changes that have taken place from the mid-19th Century onwards, from OS County Series, OS Town Plans and post-war National Grid mapping to unique Russian Maps of UK target locations from the cold-war era.
Wow. Real-time satellite locations, on a rotating 3D map of the globe.