Posts Tagged: london

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    Having My Eyes Opened, My Heart Broken And Finding The True Meaning Of Maps In Tandale

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    In a really perverse way, first impressions were not unlike the opening lines from Will Crowther’s Colossal Cave Adventure game on the PDP-11. But rather than those impressions being this … You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out… Read more »

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    Three Days. Three Cities. Three Continents

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    There’s a saying that travel broadens the mind. It’s a cliche but cliches generally come about because they’re true. This week my mind has been considerably broadened, visting the Tandale slum on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam and attending and judging the Sanitation Hackathon, but more about that in a later post. The week… Read more »

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    Revisiting SoLoMo in Istanbul

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    If any industry sector is uniquely poised to benefit from the triumvirate of social, local and mobile, it’s the classified listings industry. The last time I spoke about whether do embrace SoLoMo or just embrace social, local and mobile I cautioned against the tick in the box approach and against adopting new technologies just because… Read more »

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    The London Tube Map Made (Too) Simple

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    This is post number six in the ongoing #mapgasm series of posts on maps found on the interwebs that I like. Yes, it’s another map. Yes, it’s another Tube map. I make no apologies for this. A simple map is often a good map. Cutting away cartographical clutter can reveal the heart of what a… Read more »

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    Map Nature Or Map Nurture; Are Map Addicts Born Or Made?

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    I’ve said it before, many times, but I’m a 100% un-reconstructed map addict and make no apology for it. I’ve said this in posts I’ve written on this blog as well as using it as part of my introduction for talks at conferences. This post is a slightly more long winded version of why I… Read more »

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    Map Wars; Are Apple’s Maps Really That Bad?

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    Making a map isn’t easy. Making a map of streets and land features is hard. Making a map of streets and land features that stays up to date is harder. Making a map of streets, features and places, businesses, services, points of interest is harder still. Making a map of all of the previous that… Read more »

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    The Map Of The World According To The London Underground

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    Yes, it’s another map. Yes, it’s another map of the London Tube system. But wait … something’s not quite right. Surely the Piccadilly Line ends at Uxbridge, Heathrow Airport and Cockfosters and not at Seattle, Buenos Aires and St. Petersburg? Doesn’t the Northern Line run from Edgeware and High Barnet to Morden and not from… Read more »

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    London Mapped By People’s Surnames

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    The rather geotastic James Cheshire and Ollie O’Brien from London’s UCL have produced a map of London which is certainly not your average map. The Thames is shown winding through the capital but what really grabs the attention is the fact that the rest of the map shows the population’s surnames. As James says in… Read more »

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    The Olympic Tube Map

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    Not all maps are created equal. I’ve always had a soft spot for maps of the London Underground network ever since I saw one on the back of an old London A-Z street map far too many years ago. In case you hadn’t noticed, London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games a few weeks ago so… Read more »

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    Making Maps Underground

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    Warning. This post contains a sweeping generalisation. Yes, I know that Places are not just part of today’s digital maps; see the James Fee and Tyler Bell hangout The One Where Tyler Bell Defines Big Data as a proof point. But for the sake of this post, just assume that Places and maps are synonymous…. Read more »