• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Using Geodata and Geolocation in the Social Sciences: Mapping our Connected World provides an engaging and accessible introduction to the Geoweb with clear, step-by-step guides for: • Capturing Geodata from sources including GPS, sensor networks and Twitter • Visualizing Geodata using programmes including QGIS, GRASS and R Featuring colour images, practical exercises and a companion website packed with resources, this book is the perfect guide for students and teachers looking to incorporate location-based data into their social science research.

Introduction The Power of Where
Introduction: The Power of Where
Overview

This chapter looks at:

  • Maps, mobilities, and spaces of flows
  • The connected age: location awareness and the “internet of things”
  • Harnessing the geoweb
  • The structure of the book

There are around 2 billion smartphones in the world, so chances are you own one of them. If so, think about the ways you might use your device during a vacation. As you plan your trip, you explore places and get driving directions using digital maps and imagery. On the road, you search out places to eat and refuel, paying attention to traffic information ahead in case you need to find an alternative route. Upon arrival, you consult a subway map to see where to go and when the next train will ...

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