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.

Understanding Spatial Media

Understanding Spatial Media

Rob Kitchin Tracey P. Lauriault Matthew W. Wilson


Over the past decade, the practices which produce, process, analyse, share and use digital spatial information have diversified and proliferated. No longer are the handling, storage and examination of digital spatial data confined largely to standalone geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing packages and specialised geomatics applications that are within the control of a small number of authoritative state, private sector and academic stakeholders, and serviced by a limited pool of skilled personnel. Rather, a varied set of new, networked and often mobile spatial technologies have been developed that are open to use, contributions and editing by anyone with access to ...

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