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.

Spatial Knowledge and Behaviour

Spatial Knowledge and Behaviour

Leighton Evans Sung-Yueh Perng


Using spatial media to understand, navigate and act on the world is an integral element in being a connected, technology-using individual. Apple users discovered just how critical spatial media are to their everyday life when updating their mobile devices to the iOS6 operating system on 19 September 2012. Following the long process, users discovered that the Google maps application had been replaced with Apple’s own maps application. The new application, built on OpenStreetMap, brought much derision due to its curious inaccuracies, such as labelling Berlin as ‘Schoeneiche’ (Butcher, 2012). The changes brought consternation and discontent; Apple swiftly allowed Google Maps to be reinstalled as an app on iOS ...

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