OldMapsOnline

OldMapsOnline

OldMapsOnline developed out of a love of history and heritage of old maps. The project began as a collaboration between Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland and The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at the University of Portsmouth, UK […] Since January 2013 is the project improved and maintained by volunteers and the team of Klokan Technologies GmbH in their free time. […] OldMapsOnline.org indexes over 400.000 maps. This is only thanks to the archives and libraries that were open to the idea and provided their online content. All new participants are warmly welcomed.

Generating fantasy maps

Generating fantasy maps

Make maps that look like something you’d find at the back of cheap paperback fantasy novels.

OpenGeofiction

OpenGeofiction

Opengeofiction is a collaborative platform for the creation of fictional maps. Opengeofiction is based on the Openstreetmap software platform. This implies that all map editors and other tools suitable for Openstreetmap can be applied to Opengeofiction as well. The fictional world of Opengeofiction is thought to be in modern times. So it doesn’t have orcs or elves, but rather power plants, motorways and housing projects. But also picturesque old towns, beautiful national parks and lonely beaches.

You Are Here

You Are Here

You Are Here is a study of place. Each of these maps will be an aggregation of thousands of microstories, tracing the narratives of our collective experience.

Google Project Tango: 3D Indoor Map by Matterport (No Sound) – YouTube

Google Project Tango: 3D Indoor Map by Matterport (No Sound) – YouTube.

Watch an exclusive look at a real 3D indoor map of a room captured with one of the prototype devices by Matterport.

The Allure of the Map

Every map tells a story, and writers yearning for new ways to tell stories are drawn to them. Walter Benjamin wrote of how he had “long, indeed for years, played with the idea of setting out the sphere of life—bios—graphically on a map.” Written when he was forty, “A Berlin Chronicle” resists a standard, linear biography and, instead, plots a map. Rather than a chronology, Benjamin creates a geography of Berlin; the relationships and events of the author’s life become map dots rather than plot points. A geographical map of Berlin converges with Benjamin’s personal map of the city, though Benjamin is still dependent on sentences and paragraphs.

Casey N. Cep | The Allure of the Map : The New Yorker

PlaGMaDA.org

PlaGMaDA.org

PlaGMaDA’s mission is to preserve, present, and interpret play generated cultural artifacts, namely manuscripts and drawings created to communicate a shared imaginative space. The Archive will solicit, collect, describe, and publicly display these documents so as to demonstrate their relevance, presenting them as both a historical record of a revolutionary period of experimental play and as aesthetic objects in their own right.

BBC – Dimensions

BBC – Dimensions

Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are.

Sunday Links for 2009-06-21

Sunday links for 2009-06-21:

  • Online archive of 19-th-century newspapers from the British Library [Link]
  • The inside story of the Conficker worm [Link]
  • Rant on the story arc craze in television series [Link]
  • New York Times article: The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers [Link]
  • First new element for five years makes periodic table [Link]
  • How your computer can benefit all of mankind [Link]
  • 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive [Link]
  • David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection [Link]
  • Ecocomics: If Supervillains acted according to economic theory [Link]
  • Fascinating article about worldwide data center infrastructure [Link]
  • The Text Adventure Games That Ate Our Brains [Link]