I was playing around with the cool website wayfarer.com
and I created a map of swing dance venues in Manhattan.
Wayfarer uses the Googlemaps system to allow anyone to create their own custom maps, and allow others to add and edit them at will. You simply name your map (“Haunted Places in Dartmour,” “Great Lakes ship wrecks”
or even (ugh)“Veronica Mars Locations”
), create “waypoint” locations on the interactive Googlemap, add comments and links and other info, and submit. You can even link each location to photos and videos.
I love the idea of using the internet to help enrich our experience of the physical world, and letting us share how we experience it. Physical places are tied to emotions, memories, ideas and communities. This kind of open mapping architecture can help people to explore other people’s internal maps they carry around with them. Nifty.