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.
Digital mapping concerns the art and science of using digital technologies to deal with geospatial data. I say ‘deal with’ to include digitally mediated processes of collecting data, transforming them, weeding them out and combining them with other geospatial data. And beyond that, sharing and passing forward maps or mappable digital spatial data. Digital mapping may involve the production of maps, whether on a computer screen or displayed on mobile devices – although they may or may not be the ultimate product.
A problem with this sort of definition is that digital mapping is not a historically consistent object. Any definition I might contrive to fit today’s digitally mediated landscape is not going to fit yesterday’s ...