Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, gets up to say a few words. Looks like he’s filling in for the absent Minister of Natural Resources Canada. I don’t know French but I do know that his isn’t too good. He talks a bit about the Atlas of Canada, and says a little bit about how wonderful it is. 7.5 million user sessions this year – expected to increase to 10.5 million by the end of the year.
Ian Wilson, of Library and Archives Canada, gets up to speak. He’s coming out with a book to be launched tomorrow at Geotec called Terra Nostra (which I am getting a review copy, thanks to the foresight of my wife when she was attending BookExpo in
Next up is Elizabeth Wong from Canada Post. What’s the connection of Canada Post and the geospatial world? A new stamp, of course. How about showing an example
Peter begins with a definition of information architecture abd how most people who are designing information architecture are not information architects. The information search process is usually iterative – queries evolve and are refined as the process goes along. Useability includes: useful, desirable, accessible, credible, findable and valuable. The Internet version of “location, location, location” is showing up in the top ten of a Google search. High rankings in the results listing of a Google search also increases users trust in the displayed links. “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” (Herbert Simon) In an age where we can select our sources and coose our news, how is this going to affect our decision-making? Objects such as wheelchairs are being tracked. People can track their kids. Is this something we want to get into? The Internet will turn everyone into a librarian. (podzinger.com, semapedia.com
Mashups – now he is talking about geospatial ideas for the first time.
The Eastern mapping tradition is characterized by the idea of place. It emphasizes idealizing or expressing the essence of a place–showing it pictorially and poetically. One map, an undated scroll map probably drawn in the late eighteenth century, represents the Chinese tradition. The scroll itself is approximately twenty-five feet long, although less than two feet need to be unrolled to show Macau and the adjacent coastline of China. That this map emphasizes the importance of Macau is obvious. The island is drawn out of proportion to its true geographical area. Buildings are drawn on the island, suggesting an image of urban activity in this port city. A textual notation warns that the “region is heavily infested with inner river bandits and sea pirates who can sail in and out freely. It also shares borders with Macau, where foreign boats and ships visit frequently. Those foreign vessels are always to be guarded against.”By way of Plep