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The Folly of Web Mapping

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d.crossland@rave.ac.uk
05-30-2003
10:24 AM ET (US)
"Information Design" is the contemporary area of Graphic Design dedicated to wayfinding, cartography, digital design - the heart of this topic :-) Google has some good sites (idblog.org :-) but specifically I remembered the issue of Information Design Journal with the Jacques Bertin cover (http://www.ideography.co.uk/idsync/bert/bertisle.html)

I'd also like to commend your great blog entry, which is an excellent "comb" (http://www.fravia.com/ideale1.htm) for web cartography and cartography on the web :-)
Edited 05-30-2003 10:25 AM
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Valdis Krebs
01-07-2002
07:33 PM ET (US)
Updated Internet Industry Partnership Map...

* static: http://www.orgnet.com/netindustry.html
* interactive: http://www.orgnet.com/inetindustry.html
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Olivier Travers
06-04-2001
05:53 AM ET (US)
Friends and Neighbors on the Web
http://negotiation.parc.xerox.com/web10/index.html

"See a java applet visualization of the Stanford social network. [...] So that's the Stanford Social Web. It tells you who links to whom, and what things and links they have in common. Enjoy. Coming soon... MIT."

Seen on /.
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/06/03/1421233
Edited 06-04-2001 05:55 AM
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Mark Bernstein
05-29-2001
02:04 PM ET (US)
Don't overlook a brand-new book:

Paul Kahn and Krysztof Lenk
MAPPING WEB SITES
Rotovision; 2001

Lots of lovely visualizations.

(Kahn was one of the hypertext pioneers behind Intermedia )

Maps are tricky for visualizing complex information spaces, but invaluable for creating them; spatial hypertext is going to be increasingly important in the next few years, and it's already useful in tools like Storyspace (http://eastgate.com/Storyspace.html)
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Jess McMullin
05-29-2001
01:21 PM ET (US)
Cartia provided an interesting visualization tool but now seems defunct http://www.cartia.com (wasn't responding when I checked)

Denham Grey has an up-to-date wiki page at
http://www.voght.com/cgi-bin/pywiki?KmMapTools

with juicy keywords like Social network tools: Sociograms, social network analysis, information mapping, navigation aids.

Some of the links are dead (like cartia) but the page seems well-attended to...lots and lots of other interesting stuff off of denham's own page...

And here's a recent Valdis Kreb's article "The Social Life of Routers" - applying human network concepts to the design of physical networks...
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/759/ipj_3-4/ipj_3-4_routers.html


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Olivier Travers
05-29-2001
08:03 AM ET (US)
You might want to look into the work of Valdis Krebs (http://www.orgnet.com/), a consultant who works on social networks and how to make them more efficient. He uses mapping to show connections and routes between people, teams or organizations.

Since part of the web is the direct expression of people (weblogs, academic papers, ...), what he does seems quite related to mapping the web. Valdis is not trying to make his maps "look geographic" though.

Similarly, Casey Marshall's weblog picture shows connections that a directory wouldn't reveal.
http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/cgi/csm/wlm

Hmm, can a map not look geographic?
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=map

Are these schemas too abstract to be called maps?
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=schema
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peterme
05-29-2001
02:28 AM ET (US)
Any thoughts or additional resources to add to this discussion of mapping information spaces, cognition, and semiotic cartography? Or are you all just worried you'll see me 5 years from now, mumbling into my beard strewn with bits of food?

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