Finding lost places

Another deep dive into digital mapping by Justin O’Beirne, this time looking at new developments in Apple Maps (via Kottke). It’s the usual extremely thorough dive into map comparisons for accuracy, style and detail, with the strong caveat that however much Apple tries, it’s disavowal of deep data collection (and refusal to let be anything other than a holding page), it might be working on the right strategy for a world in which places, not maps, are more important: ‘Over the last two years, Google has gradually been turning it inside out, from a road map to a place map’. In the proposed world of autonomous cars and deliveries and all that jazz, pinpoint accuracy matters more than ever. Also from the piece, ‘it took Google’s Street View vehicles eight years to drive 99% of the U.S.’ / sort of related, the New York City Municipal Archives Collections, 900,000 images (including photos and maps) of the city. There is an equivalent wealth of imagery of London but it’s hard to discern whether or not it’s been digitised yet. The Survey of London are bereft of pictures. Databases like Britain from Above don’t offer the street level detail that exists, tucked away in archive boxes somewhere / see also Lost Hospitals of London / A Searchable Database of Japanese Woodcut Prints (also via Kottke).

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