• 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.

A Brief History of the Geoweb
A Brief History of the Geoweb

This chapter looks at:

  • The origins of geography and geodata
  • Geodata goes digital
  • The emergence of geographic information systems
  • Launching the Global Positioning System
  • Birth of the “location-aware” mobile device
  • Mashing up mapping
  • Developing a “planetary nervous system”: sensors, data, and the internet of things
The Origins of Geography and Geodata

The term geodata refers specifically to computerized geographical data. The geoweb is made up of many types of geodata, from digital elevation models to aerial imagery to the current location of your smart phone. Without computerized geographical data, the geoweb would not exist. Yet efforts to understand the world around us by collecting and mapping information clearly have a long history, and advancements in geographic thought that took place hundreds of ...

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