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Pittsburgh, Google Maps, and a Singular Obsession

As stated before in previous posts, I am having a love affair with Google Maps. My most recent concoction is Pittsburgh, with placemarks of places I know and love.

I want to draw your attention to some of the more advanced features, if I may be allowed. Notice the purplish square above. You can highlight certain areas of the map to illustrate a focus, just as you would on any Office program. In this case, the square refers to the environs of the beginning chapters of the novel Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chambon. They are running around Oakland for most of the first thirty pages so far.

Another feature, which my cursor is pointing to in the above screenshot, is KML. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language. Basically, it is the process by which satellite imagery is mapped onto conventional maps, such as the one above, and vice versa. Metadata has to be added to any map to enact a transition to another kind of map, say from satellite images to conventional images. By clicking KML (notice the box asking me if I want to Open or Save the KML document), this information that I have mapped here (with my little placeholders) will be mapped directly into Google Earth so I can see the satellite equivalent. It is a very complex technology that is becoming very accessible due to the Google people. The first image is the information from Google Maps mapped into Google Earth, specifically my old university as seen from space.

Just click on the title header to go to the map in Google Maps.

Pittsburgh and technology are cool.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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