As part my MSc at UCL I’m required to undertake a solo research project on a subject within the field of Geographic Information Science. The output of the project will be a 10,000 to 12,000 word dissertation. Having previously forged a collaboration in the field of 3D GIS and map animation with Dr Maurizio Gibin, a lecturer at Birkbeck I was keen to continue that link during the project.
This blog post introduces the work, which will take place during the Summer of 2012.
I spent some months undertaking the taught modules of the MSc, which alongside discussion with prospective supervisors, Dr Maurizio Gibin and Dr Claire Ellul (a lecturer at UCL) led to agreement of the two as my supervisors and the creation of a research a topic and research hypothesis:
Google Maps Journey Immersion: Can Google Maps’ API allow the creation of a narrative, to take the user on a journey and to tell a story using dynamic progression through time and space?
I have become particularly interested in the use of maps on the web, in the growing prevalence of Google Maps and its API, in the convergence of maps and video / film and of how maps can be used as a narrative. Crucially, the expression of time in GIS is a key research area for the field. Using the bicycle ride which I undertook in 2009 between Alaska and México (as blogged about on SladeRide.com) and a book of that trip which I am currently writing as case study material, I propose to test the hypothesis. I shall undertake a literature review to determine the current state of play in the field and also create a web application, before writing the dissertation.
I plan to blog in future about progress. Below is a presentation (plus an associated handout) which I gave at UCL in May 2012 in order to gain approval for the idea from my department.
… and the associated handout …