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Premesh Chandran

Chief Executive Officer, Malaysiakini


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We're coming up with easy tools to build exciting online maps, what stuff would you like to see on a map?

Live TED Conversation: Join TED Fellow Premesh Chandran

Co-founder and CEO of Malaysiakini.com, an independent Malaysian news website

This conversation will open at 11 am ET on October 24th.

Maps are now online but still pretty static. What if maps were fast changing? Easy for anyone to create an interesting map of things, events or places, and fill it with other data like demographics, photos, laws and anything else? What kind of maps would you use or create? Give me your ideas!


Closing Statement from Premesh Chandran

Thanks everyone for your wonderful ideas. We're building a easy to use mapping tool called Feedgeorge, and we'll do our best to incorporate your ideas. Its where all geo-data can come together, and anyone can share, or look for, to get to know a place better. You can keep an eye on the project at feedgeorge.com. Or drop me a line at facebook.com/premeshchandran or @premesh and let me know your thoughts! Stay in touch, and lets map together!

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    Oct 24 2011: Emotional experiences of places and areas, bringing together individual experiences to let a collective experience emerge. Working with Come To Your Senses, a project exploring collaborative mapping of emotional and sensory data, I have scratched the surface of this by analogue hands on mapping. I would love to develop it further or see others do something similar in their local context. The NY Times 9/11 interactive map of emotions and memories is a recent example of a way of doing this...

    Laura Sorvala / auralab

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      Oct 24 2011: Sounds like a wonderful project Laura! I've checked out your site. Let me know what we could do for you.
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        Oct 24 2011: Thanks Premesh!

        I suppose we would like to know of any open source resources / tools online, we have also talked about getting possible funding for developing our own mapping software / online tool (yikes!)
    • Oct 24 2011: This is great stuff, Laura, Premesh...I also thought about experiential maps. Have you seen The Hand Drawn Map Association's online collection? I'd really like to see an interactive database that privileges non-analytical forms of making sense of space. But how to highlight the materiality of experience in an online format?

      The Pine Point project might be a start--kind of an experience map of a place that no longer lives on the map. I try to get my students thinking about more creative ways to map space as a way into critiquing more rational forms of knowledge production.
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        Oct 24 2011: Bryan, would love to know more! I'm at facebook.com/premeshchandran
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        Oct 24 2011: Bryan - I love the Hand Drawn Maps collection. You're spot on with non-analytical forms.
    • Oct 24 2011: Agreed. Hand-drawn maps are a great idea. I have often wondered how we can build new tools or use those in existence to create a more sensory rich and emotionally sympathetic online experience. Good luck, Laura.

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