Neogeography and the Palimpsests of Place: Web 2.0 and the Construction of a Virtual Earth

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2009

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Mark Graham

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: December 18, 2009

Abstract

Places have always been palimpsests. The contemporary is constantly being constructed upon the foundations of the old. Yet only recently has place begun to take on an entirely new dimension. Millions of places are being represented in cyberspace by a labour force of hundreds of thousands of writers, cartographers and artists. This paper traces the history and geography of virtual places. The virtual Earth is not a simple mirror of its physical counterpart, but is instead characterised by both black holes of information and hubs of rich description and detail. The tens of millions of places represented virtually are part of a worldwide engineering project that is unprecedented in scale or scope and made possible by contemporary Web 2.0 technologies. The virtual Earth that has been constructed is more than just a collection of digital maps, images and articles that have been uploaded into Web 2.0 cyberspaces; it is instead a fluid and malleable alternate dimension that both influences and is influenced by the physical world.

Keywords: Cyberspace, information and communication technologies (ICTs), Internet, neogeography, virtual Earths, Web 2.0

Suggested Citation

Graham, Mark, Neogeography and the Palimpsests of Place: Web 2.0 and the Construction of a Virtual Earth (December 18, 2009). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1525654

Mark Graham (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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