use of maps to research and navigate has been radically altered by the
development and adoption of digital maps. Maps are no longer static
print images. Instead, they are now dynamic and collaborative, as they
have evolved in lockstep with the evolution of the Internet, from
Mapquest’s launch in 1996 to the Web 2.0 enhanced Google Maps to the
user content filled maps of Yelp.
Understanding how maps can be
utilized as tools, interfaces, and content is fast becoming part of the
standard “tool kit” of interaction designers. A static image or a link
out to a map service may or may not be good enough due to raising
expectations of the designer’s clients, employers, and people their
designs serve. The new possibilities must also be balanced with the
issues about privacy and security.
This presentation explores how
people’s behaviors with digital mappings intersect with the current
developments in location-based services, crowdsourcing, open government,
and the mobile web. For the practitioner, basic off-the-shelf mapping tools, APIs, and services are discussed.
WHEN Thursday, June 7th 2012 6:30pm - 8:30pm PRICE Free
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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS Thomas Turnbull is a geographer and web developer, and recently co-authored Mapping with Drupal
published by O'Reilly Media. He serves on the board of Green Map where
he was first introduced to open source mapping five years ago. He
currently works for Google.
Ray Cha is a user experience designer and occasional programmer. He
likes helping architects, urban designers, and urban planners on
projects like the Museum of the Phantom City, TreeKit, and Grassroots
mission is to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline
of Interaction Design. To do this, we foster a community of people that
choose to come together to support this intention. IxDA relies on
individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as
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10,000 members, and many meet at events like this one in over 80
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