Understanding Spatial Media
- Rob Kitchin - Maynooth University, Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
- Tracey P. Lauriault - Carleton University, Canada
- Matthew W. Wilson - University of Kentucky, USA
Communication and Media Studies (General) | Geographical Methodology | Social Research Methods
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.
Understanding Spatial Media is an insightful collection of essays describing different contemporary approaches to spatial media. The specific selection of authors and themes makes this book an important manual to understand spatial media nowadays, going beyond the simple analysis of practices, and trying to reflect on aims and consequences. The same concept of space itself is questioned through the lens of data and new technologies. Understanding Spatial Media is an important book for architecture students and young practitioners who want to further investigate the effect and impact of innovative IT tools and techniques not only on our practice, but also and more generally on society.
Understanding Spatial Media is a great collection of chapters from leading thinkers in the area of spatial media and geospatial studies. The text addresses relevant contemporary issues through chapters that are well-written and relatively short, making the text suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Kitchin et al. - Understanding Spatial Media - Chapter 1