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Mashups Week Two- Maps and More

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Click above for an interactive map.

Above is a mashup map I did today plotting the comments received from
our first post on the subject.  By using the comments, I plotted the
ip address geographic location with the comment made by each user.  By
combining this available information, you get a relatively good view
(albeit slightly off geographically) of where the comments are coming
from.  While there was only a few comments (11) compared
the total scale of the map, you can use information like this to
assign a geographic dimension to information.
On another note, comments when emailed on this particular
configuration of WordPress contain a pretty detailed degree of
information regarding the individual user- ip address, WhoIs lookup
information, and email addresses.  While I did not include this
information on the map, you can use this as an example of how much
data users can leak out without really always knowing to whom it is
going, or how said information will be used.
We’re using the example of Google Maps as tool for mashups in that
they allow these new configurations to take place, and repurpose and
retool information in an entirely new way.
An incredibly interesting and controversial use of this tool was the
Prop 8 Maps we discussed in class on Tuesday.  In this case, an
anonymous group mashed up the donor lists in support of Proposition 8
in California with Google Maps. This took publicly available
information and placed it in a newly accessible and searchable format,
setting off a great degree of debate over the use of mashups for
personal data outside of ones control.
What do you think about a map such as this?  Do you think its fair to
use public data in new ways to reconfigure how information is viewed?
Or, given the extremely political and partisan nature of this debate,
is this over the line?  Can you envision ways in which information
like this may get out of hand?

REJECTED: My Experience with 3D Buildings and an Uncommunicative Google

In this post I am going to talk about my numerous problems with this software and how I attempted to talk to Google about them unsuccessfully. I will also draw general conclusions.

My Problems With SketchUp and Google Maps/ Earth:

OUCH!

OUCH!

The last of the six problems I had with this experience has been resolved: how to know whether or not my building was accepted. A curious flag appeared on my model’s page in warehouse today. Read More »

Google: Maps, Earth, and SketchUp 7

Below I detail the problems within making structures in Googles 3D Building Maker, the software and their relationships, and a quick Google Trike Update.

THE PROCESS AND THE PROBLEMS WITHIN IT

The Building Maker Interface

The Building Maker Interface

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Who is the crowd building these cities, Google?

I am helping Google “Make the world 3D.” But after designing just one building,  I had to download at least two different plug ins as well as Google SketchUP, Style Builder, and Google Earth… And look, a fun, new browser was mysteriously installed for me during this process!

Look what appeared on my desktop!
Look what appeared on my desktop!

This along with the rest of my experience building my first model, makes me wonder why Google is crowd sourcing this project. And who do they think the participants will be?  After looking at my desktop, I am tempted to say that Google is  just trying to introduce several pieces of their software to a new consumer.

While I cannot know (at least from what I can ascertain thus far) exactly who is building models for Google, I truly wonder who they are attempting to tempt into crowd sourcing this chore onto because of the lack of emotional attachment in the project and the amazing skill level you need to complete it.

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We Built this city on Google

For my next travelogue I would like to foray into the big wide world of Google Earth. The company has introduced two newer innovations that draw on crowdsourcing:

3D Building Maker:

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Help Google make their street view 3D here by using virtual blocks to build cities. After downloading a plug in, users choose a city and begin to build structures including adding textures. Once you submit your building, Google reviews it, and if your building passes the muster, it is put into their system.

And Google Street View Trike:

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Google asks American users to suggest places for the trike to go next be it trails or college campuses where cars cannot go and therefore GoogleMaps hasn’t captured before. They did this in the UK and recieved over 35,000 votes. You can go here to make a suggestion until October 28th. Then they will review the submissions and let users make their final votes.

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