Walking around

Some more interesting congruences this week –

Sutton Grapevine is a great experiment in community storytelling, including insights into some of the secrets of the Ladies Curry Club. Could sites like this, with the pride and interest that they record and exhibit, be a sustaining resource for communities in general?

Pulse Laser tells a great story about another form of community archiving. They developed daily maps of the huge Milan Furniture Fair. Each day’s edition carried the contributions of visitors to each of the sites in the fair – a map/review/newspaper called “the Incidental.”

Pulse Laser also referenced some other very nice projects. this one, Walking Papers, and its clever link to the OpenStreetMaps project, reminded me of a concept that showed up somewhere else (sorry, forget found it) earlier this year. Commenting on the numbers of photographs taken of certain sites and buildings over and over again, consider a virtual repository, an electronic record of each shot that is archived at the site…one could hold up an iPhone, say, and view and download the best of the shots.

That, of course, links to the mobile augmented reality browser videos making the rounds including this very interesting one which demonstrates a Dutch development, Layar, in which the iPhone, pointed at a building, is able to get information, connect to links, etc.

A tangential bit of concern, however, shows up at Things Magazine. Referencing an interview with a Taschen editor, Dian Hanson, they express a concern about the archives of this generation’s digital photographers – portable and impermanent – and that of print photographers – lurking in boxes and chests and drawers. How to sustain the digital archives of place?

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