Google Maps

February 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm (Uncategorized)

The satellite view for OL1 1BB (UCO) must be over a year old, as it doesn’t show University Studios!

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

To get from Huddersfield to Madrid by car would apparently take 20 and a half hours, while walking (part of the way on water, according to the map) would take 7 days and 14 hours.

I’ve just had a look at the Place de l’Odeon in Paris and it’s almost as good as being able to stroll down the streets myself. My favourite French Revolutionary, Camille Desmoulins, lived there and I could get a lot closer to the windows of  his second floor apartment than I could in person. But I couldn’t see in, and this and the blurred faces of passers by is quite reassuring about the privacy aspect. If you were a Chinese human rights activist, you could Google map a tour of human rights violation hotspots. Shame the government have banned it.

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Wikipedia

February 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm (Uncategorized)

While my random article search didn’t turn up anything that interests me enough to blog about (science and geography articles seem to vastly outnumber historical, literary or artistic ones) , it did give a glimpse of the huge amount of information available on Wikipedia. I have a confession. I like Wikipedia. It provides a starting point for finding out about unfamiliar subjects. The possible unreliability of its content makes me exercise my evaluative skills (i.e. take everything with a pinch of salt), which is no bad thing. It’s a good place to go for useful links to other websites. And it’s not entirely lacking in editorial control (the absence of which is a downside of the net’s democratisation of knowledge). But I would like to know more about who’s in charge and what their values are. I’m an information literacy professional. We’re nosy about stuff like that. I plan to set up a wiki for my colleagues like the one for library procedure at Huddersfield – a handy way of sharing information and making sure everyone knows what’s what.

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