Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geo-systems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively these produce and mediate spatial big data and are re-shaping spatial knowledge, spatial behaviour, and spatial politics. Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic and political effects. The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections: • Spatial media technologies • Spatial data and spatial media • The consequences of spatial media Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.

Indicators, Benchmarking and Urban Informatics

Indicators, Benchmarking and Urban Informatics

Rob Kitchin Tracey P. Lauriault Gavin McCArdle


As introduced in Chapter 7, urban dashboards have begun to proliferate in recent years as a form of spatial media for communicating information about cities. These dashboards use a variety of graphing and mapping visualisations to display both static and real-time data concerning all aspects of urban living, including economy, service provision, health, environment, sustainability, quality of life, transport and infrastructure, derived from a number of sources. As such, dashboards constitute a form of urban informatics – that is, they visualise and model spatially referenced data to produce information about how cities are performing, how they work, and how their ...

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