The Internet was supposed to let us bridge continents and cultures like never before. But after analyzing more than 10 million e-mails from Yahoo! mail, a team of computer researchers noticed an interesting phenomenon: E-mails tend to flow much more frequently between countries with certain economic and cultural similarities.
see the paper in Washington Post
original paper: State et al. 2013 World internet
The system calculates the distance from a city to another one, according to faster path, or lower cost.
Go to “Mapping ORBIS”, It draws the path and create many different maps and graphs (in “Map gallery”). It’s a pity that the Emperors did not have this system
Three years ago, a friend of mine who is a genius artist (Catherine Bolle), asked me to do geography on her biography. She told me many things about her life, during some few sundays afternoon in the Beaurivage Hotel in front of the lake in Lausanne. It took one year to build the data and think about the pictures to produce. Then to build them and interpret with a nice text.
A conversation with scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee on what is wrong with social networking
Sir Tim berners Lee in DAVOS 2013
Everything is mappable.
The letters written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau are classified by place and time. So you can enter into the Space-time of the author.
I don’t know what we can learn from the physical dissection of cities: maybe some fractal analysis could work?
see the website
New York City:
and other cities in the website (made by Armelle Caron)
Looking back through the decades, these snapshots from space — created exclusively for CNN by NASA’s Landsat department in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey — reveal the impact of the vast population shift on cities around the world.
example of LAS VEGAS:
a terrific tool to give to students, children, citizens of the world….
See the instructions:
To make the maps more “real”, add sounds….. In Montreal, they did it.
Also England: http://sounds.bl.uk/uksoundmap/fusionmap.aspx
For the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the death of Claude Garamond
The French National Library organizes different virtual exhibitions which are very interested for who wants to learn more about history of books, print and typography. Recently, a new exhibition about the actual creation of new typographies.