Living Maps: New Data, New Uses, New Problems

…presented at “Engaging Data: First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information”, MIT,  12 – 13 October 2009…

Living Maps: New Data, New Uses, New Problems

Christophe Aguiton, Dominique Cardon, and Zbigniew Smoreda

Sociology and Economics of Networks and Services Department, Orange Labs, Paris, France

“In this paper, we address some sociological and political issues linked to the emerging of distributed, real-time ‘living maps’. A ‘living map’ is a merger between a territory map and a dynamic localized flows representation creating visual information where places, people, activities, and time are mixed together. Starting with the hypothesis of transformation in urban meeting manners, we propose a typology of living maps and we discuss the social and privacy issues linked to each type of use.”

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