[Geowanking] Waypoints are in a narrative, or a narrative is in the Waypoints?
palli at pallit.lhi.is
Thu Oct 14 14:08:40 PDT 2004
Here's something I wrote the other day + a project as example:
On narrative, abstract and location -
Hlemmur in C - http://pallit.lhi.is/hlemmC/
Rich Gibson wrote:
> Hi All,
> So I am interested in 'geospatially enabled narrative.' Basically stories
> with a geospatial component. This might be as simple as 'we drove down to
> Santa Rosalia <link to see map> to go fishing.' Or more complex, with odd
> convuluted ideas of sequence and space. A story that derives its
> organizing metaphors from waypoints will be fundamentally different from
> one that derives from track logs.
> In this context 'Waypoint' means a point, while 'track log' means an
> ordered sequence of points. Either one could have additional data
> associated with each point.
> One idea would be to put bits of narrative within waypoints, and then
> allow a person to draw an arbitrary line across a map and 'play' the story
> by assembling the sequence of waypoints that are nearest to the line at
> each point.
> I could see this is a way of exploring diaries of trips. Where each entry
> is tied to a place, or a waypoint. Depending on how you drew the line you
> could get back a narrative or diary that mixed different trips or
> different eras.
> Drawing a line through from East to West towards the bottom of Wyoming
> would, based on my personal stories and resources, generate a narrative
> mixing several of my trips in the area with the Oregon Trail diary of a
> journey from 1852 that my Great Great Great Grandfather was on.
> Using track logs of actual trips, or proposed trips, would come up with
> comments and notes and such from trips and stories past, but mixed up and
> presented in the order that you will experience those locations.
> If you travel the Oregon Trail from West to East you are 'breaking' the
> historic model, at every step you are ahead of where they were. But if
> that is what you are doing, then you may want to read narratives that
> reflect your experience.
> That whole model reflect the idea that the stories, or diary entries, are
> stored 'in' the waypoints. If we think of GPX files, where waypoints are
> in XML tags, we get something like:
> <wpt lat="41.311340" lon="-105.584107">
> <desc>Fort Laramie</desc>
> <cmt>Fort Laramie was created in 18xx to protect emmigrants
> and settlers and to serve as a ...(narrative deleted)</cmt>
> But then it gets a bit ugly...or at least, the data modeling gets messy.
> What about narrative like 'we passed by Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff and
> then camped acrossfrom Fort Laramie the next day.'
> I get the issue that a waypoint can contain zero or more 'stories,' but a
> 'story' can contain zero or more waypoints. But, heck, that is okay...
> Anyway, that is my thought of the day.
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