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Technologies to collect, plot, and display geographic data.

Urban Archive

Urban Archive is a technology nonprofit that creates new connections between people, places, and historical institutions.

Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics

By Laura Kurgan The past two decades have seen revolutionary shifts in our ability to navigate, inhabit, and define the spatial realm. The data flows that condition much of our lives now regularly include Global Positioning System (GPS) readings and satellite images of a quality once reserved for a few militaries and intelligence agencies, and powerful geographic information system (GIS) software is now commonplace. These new technologies have raised fundamental questions about the intersection between physical space and its representation, virtual space and its realization. In Close Up at a Distance, Laura Kurgan offers a theoretical account of these new digital technologies of location and a series of practical experiments in making maps and images with spatial data. Neither simply useful tools nor objects of wonder or anxiety, the technologies of GPS, GIS, and satellite imagery become, in this book, the subject and the medium of a critical exploration. Close Up at a Distance records situations of intense conflict and struggle, on the one hand, and fundamental transformations in our ways of seeing and of experiencing space, on the other. Kurgan maps and theorizes mass graves, incarceration patterns, disappearing forests, and currency flows in a series of cases that range from Kuwait (1991) to Kosovo (1999), New York (2001) to Indonesia (2010).

Skycatch

Drone maps and 3D models processed in the cloud for construction, mining, energy, & more.

Paint the Town

Paint the Town is a collaborative data art project. It allows anyone to paint a New York City tax lot to any color they choose.

Transit.land

Our goal at Transitland is to make sense of the jumble here in the SF Bay Area. We're mapping those buses, trains, streetcars, ferries, and even cable cars.

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