Fu­ture Guides for Cities

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  • Sniff, Scrape, Crawl: Part 2

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  • Fu­ture Guides for Cities

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  • Panel: Sniff, Scrape, Crawl: Part 2

    Wide­spread par­tic­i­pa­tion on so­cial net­works and use of lo­ca­tion-aware de­vices have helped cre­ate an ever-in­trigu­ing re­la­tion be­tween the in­for­ma­tion that peo­ple pub­lish on­line and phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion. Using cur­rent gen­er­a­tion smart phones to pro­duce im­ages and videos, such as Apple’s iPhone, by de­fault at­taches geo-tagged in­for­ma­tion to con­tent. Con­cur­rently, pub­lic APIs, such as from YouTube, pro­vide struc­tured ac­cess to con­tent with geo-lo­ca­tion, mak­ing it rel­a­tively easy to link an on­line video back to an ac­tual phys­i­cal site. As net­worked dig­i­tal ex­change makes the so­cial and ge­o­graph­i­cal ever more shift­ing, a po­ten­tial is cre­ated for un­ex­pected re­la­tions and en­coun­ters. How­ever does this po­ten­tial give us the home in­va­sion or the pos­si­bil­ity of a more play­ful, serendip­i­tous en­counter? In my pre­sen­ta­tion I will in­ves­ti­gate both sides of the ques­tion and in­tro­duce “Fu­ture Guides for Cities” a three-year re­search pro­ject that ex­plores the map­ping of cities through on­line video archives and the peo­ple who cre­ate them.

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