“Locative Media and the Digital Visualization of Space, Place and Information”, Lapenta Francesco Ed.

Visual Studies: Volume 26 Issue 1

Special Issue:Locative Media and the Digital Visualisation of Space, Place and Information

This new issue contains the following articles:

Guest Editor’s Introduction
Locative media and the digital visualisation of space, place and information, Pages 1 – 3
Author: Francesco Lapenta  ARTICLE HERE

Articles
Sensory digital photography: re-thinking ‘moving’ and the image, Pages 4 – 13
Author: Sarah Pink

Geomedia: on location-based media, the changing status of collective image production and the emergence of social navigation systems, Pages 14 – 24
Author: Francesco Lapenta    ARTICLE HERE

The algorithmic turn: photosynth, augmented reality and the changing implications of the image, Pages 25 – 35
Author: William Uricchio

>What is visualisation? Pages 36 – 49
Author: Lev Manovich

Is music becoming more visual? Online video content in the music industry, Pages 50 – 61
Author: Fabian Holt

The lie of the land: Mark Monmonier on maps, technology and social change, Pages 62 – 70
Author: Rob Walker

Coming out next month. “Locative Media and the Digital Visualization of Space, Place and Information” edited by yours truly

Finally after over a year in the making with contributions by William Uricchio, Lev Manovich, Sarah Pink, Fabian Holt, Rob Walker and yours truly an exploration of the fast changing scenarios of location based applications and related information and world representations changing ontologies and epistemologies

My lecture at NYU, International Scholar Speaker Series 12th of November

New York University I, Part I – Fall 2010.

Date: Friday, November 12, 2010
Time: 11:30 am – 13:00 pm
Venue: The Great Room, 19 University Place
Topic: Geomedia, Mapping the World – On the Changing Status of Collective Image Production and the Emergence of Social Navigation Systems
Speaker: Francesco Lapenta, Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark

Geomedia, Mapping the World – On the Changing Status of Collective Image Production, location based media and the Emergence of Social Navigation Systems
The increased computational power of portable devices such as smart phones and laptops, and their integration with widely available global positioning systems are opening the way for a new range of location based applications that integrate and coordinate users´ mediated interactions and data exchanges with other users´ live geographical positions. I call these technologies Geomedia (Lapenta 2008, 2010). Geomedia are not new media per se, but platforms that simply merge existing electronic media + the Internet + location based technologies in a new mode of digital composite imaging, data association and socially maintained data exchange and communication.
This information’ , shared on navigable live virtual maps such as Google Maps or Google Latitude, Foursquare or Gowalla, describes the increasing user’s interest in using the Web to create, assemble, and disseminate personal information (in the form of images- sounds-and text) to create shared experiences of individually and socially relevant spaces and events. This form of geography, and the new virtual maps in which this information is visually blurred and digitally merged, represent the emergence of a new paradigm in the visualization of space. They also create a new economy for the virtual spaces they create and the information that are exchanged in these new spaces. In this lecture I will engage in an elaboration of the fundamental social, economic and perceptual shifts that are being operated today by these new location based technologies and software applications and develop a theoretical analysis of the ontological and epistemological shifts that characterize their contemporary evolution, patterns of production and exchange, and the unique form of geolocational digital re-aggregation of which digital images are now part of.

Privacy and Jurisdiction in the Network Society

Privacy and Jurisdiction in the Network Society Article by Gry Hasselbalch, May 2010 “In the network society, the right to privacy is challenged by new automated methods of collecting data and global information networks used to their full potential by both state actors and non-state actors. New technologies hold a potential for increasingly sophisticated methods of state’s intelligence gathering and police investigations. Moreover, with the introduction of the internet, a space for private parties as data disseminators, collectors and processors has been created. This development has expanded the primarily negative scope of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights to include also positive obligations. In its case law, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has on several occasions addressed the challenges of technological progress to the right to privacy and stipulated the positive obligations of states when securing the appropriate balance between the benefits of technologies and the right to privacy. In some aspects the stipulations are rather clear however, there are some implications of the ECHR’s application of a primarily territorial definition of jurisdiction to the question of global information networks that creates a level of uncertainty as to the essence of state parties’ to the convention obligations….” Gry Hasselbalch, May 2010
link: here

Google goes Hyperlocal.

well as I have described again and again the evolution of Geomedia is fast paced nowadays. Google is the first to offer services that finetune your research results based on your current location. This, as I repeat once again, is just the tip of the iceberg of what is going to happen once Geomedia get in full swing. stay tuned for more.

THE PUBLIC DOMAIN MANIFESTO

Go read and SIGN the Public Domain Manifesto.

“After decades of measures that have drastically reduced the public domain, typically by extending the terms of protection, it is time to strongly reaffirm how much our societies and economies rely on a vibrant and ever expanding public domain. The role of the public domain, in fact, already crucial in the past, it is even more important today, as the Internet and digital technologies enable us to access, use and re-distribute culture with an ease and a power unforeseeable even just a generation ago. The Public Domain Manifesto aims at reminding citizens and policy-makers of a common wealth that, since it belongs to all, it is often defended by no-one. In a time where we for the first time in history have the tools to enable direct access to most of our shared culture and knowledge it is important that policy makers and citizens strengthen the legal concept that enables free and unrestricted access and reuse.” (http://publicdomainmanifesto.org)

Google set to sell ads for Streetview. The first steps into the GeoMedia commercial renegotiation of the Virtual Map

As I described a long time ago in the GeoMedia study (hopefully soon to be published in an article) companies that have invested in Geomedia applications, such as google maps and street view will soon see and invest in the commercial potential of their administrated Virtual Space. The question is are we going to see a fight over representations of public space. Landmark monuments would offer great location for virtual ads. Think the statue of Liberty or the Eiffel tower with a big “Apple” or “Coca Cola” ad rotating over them. We are only witnessing the beginning. Things are going to get more interesting real soon when companies institutions and private citizens will realize the potential use of their virtually represented spaces.

LINK to the abstract of my article on Geomedia: here

LINK to articles on this story: here

“A New Approach to China” Google stops Censoring of search results in China!

Well this is major news today! Google has stopped its collaboration with chinese authorities and stopped the self censorship imposed by the chinese government to operate in China. This follows what Google described as vicious hackers´attacks on some of it´s chinese based Gmail accounts (owned by chinese human rights activists). The impact of this decision will be huge. I can only commend their response.

This is the link to the official Google post describing the events and the action taken.
ttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html

3D Video, the evolution continues.

immersivemediaThe other day the BBC reported on a new start up company that since March 2009 offers 3D imaging technology and 3D videos of live events for users to interactively enjoy. The company called Yellowbird touts this new technology that will change the way we experience events and videos. Almost two yeas ago I already reported on another company Immersivemedia the first to offer this same technology (pictured on the left) and 3D videos. Despite Yellowbird being still in development and rather rudimentary in comparison to Immersivemedia technologies (long available to the military and the public) both companies and the new found public and media attention are a sign of the new momentum that 3D imaging is gaining. Once again I still think that the best of these new technologies and applications has still to come. The technology to support these applications is already here, they just need to be refined and rethought outside the box. Watch demos here (Immersivevideo) and here (Yellowbird). My original 2008 article is here