[OSM-Science] OpenAccess Book: Time for mapping - Cartographic temporalities

Dennis d2ns at das-labor.org
Tue Mar 19 08:57:23 UTC 2019

"The digital era has brought about huge transformations in the map itself, which to date have been
largely conceptualised in spatial terms. Novel objects, forms, processes and approaches have emerged
and pose new, pressing questions about the temporality of digital maps and contemporary mapping
practices: in spite of its implicit spatiality, digital mapping is strongly grounded in time. This
collection brings time back into the map, taking up Doreen Massey's critical concern for 'ongoing
stories' in the world; it asks how mapping enrols time into these narratives. Maps often seek to
‘freeze’ and ‘fix’ the world, looking to represent, document or capture dynamic phenomena. This
collection examines how these processes are impacted by digital cartographic technologies that,
arguably, have disrupted our understanding of time as much as they have provided coherence. The book
consists of twelve chapters from experts in the field. Each addresses a different type of digital
mapping practice and analyses it in relation to temporality. Cases discussed range from locative art
projects, OpenStreetMap mapping parties, sensory mapping, Google Street View, to visual mapping,
smart city dashboards and crisis mapping. Authors from different disciplinary positions consider how
a temporal lens might focus attention on different aspects of digital mapping. This kaleidoscopic
approach demonstrates a rich plethora of ways for understanding the temporal modes of digital
mapping and the interdisciplinary background of the authors allows multiple positions to be
developed and contrasted."


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