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Where have you been? Mapping the earth on a local scale

By turtleshadow in MLP
Mon Jun 18, 2001 at 07:00:38 AM EST
Tags: Internet (all tags)
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Roving across the internet looking for GPS info I found a very intriguing project that involves mapping all the major latitude and longitude integer degree intersections on a gobal basis.


To the detractors this may be seemingly jingoistic piece but read on. In a world where money and technology can take anyone anywhere perhaps the inner frontier won't be an unforesaken topic.

In my part of the earth there was a famous photographer that packed in hundreds of pounds of equipment and photographed the U.S. West in the 1800's.
A full 100 years later John Fielder followed in his footsteps and re took many key photos. The changes human and by natural forces in the areas is stark.

As more people fill the internet with pictures of the world as it as today, we archive how it was. In 100 years what do you think will have become the records our our daily lives we leave today?
Does the simple imagery do justice to the landscape, to the letters of life in those spaces? True human accounts, not novels or pseudo fiction, are invaluable. What was life on the Silk Road, of life on the Prairie, or contained in diarys of treks arcross Antartica?
It's one thing to say you were at 55N 12E but to have a good photographic and essay account is something that Marco Polo, Magellan, Perry and Gagarin never imagined and would have certainly been willing to bargain for. But are what we leaving something we should leave behind to the children?

If there was ever a basis for the holodeck technology I think what we are filling the Internet with is the database needed.

I also think of the VEGER probe from Trek I. The ultimate time capsule, will K5 be part of that?
Now I'm rambling but you get the idea. As a piece of MLP I contribute to the whole.

Turtleshadow

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Where have you been? Mapping the earth on a local scale | 11 comments (3 topical, 8 editorial, 0 hidden)
Saw this in January... (none / 0) (#6)
by ti dave on Mon Jun 18, 2001 at 02:13:37 AM EST

while cruising memepool.com.
I liked the stories written by the participants who visited various "Off-limits" areas to get the pictures.

Cheers,

ti_dave
"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

All fine and good (none / 0) (#10)
by ghjm on Mon Jun 18, 2001 at 11:20:45 AM EST

But the problem is, the Internet is not a good archival medium. How likely is it that these pictures will still exist, in a retrievable and viewable form, in 100 years?

Good questions. (none / 0) (#11)
by ti dave on Mon Jun 18, 2001 at 03:34:52 PM EST

"...the Internet is not a good archival medium."

It will be only as good as the individual servers that comprise it.

"How likely is it that these pictures will still exist, in a retrievable and viewable form, in 100 years?"

Not very likely, it seems. We already have problems with data formats and storage media from 7-10 years ago. ASCII text seems to ne one of the few durable formats.

ti_dave

"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

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