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Open-Source Cartography: Affect, Virtuality and Performativity

School of Geography, University of Oxford

Hi all,

I'm Joe, a PhD student at Oxford's school of geography.

My PhD is concerned with the emergence of open-source technologies and organisations, with a specific interest in open-source cartographies.

Why? Because, so far, in academic geography at least, groups like OSM have been largely ignored, and academics have failed to grasp the importance of participatory geographies.

The research is interested in why people get involved in open-source mapping and moreover, how do these participatory and web 2.0 methods affect both our conception of space, and our behaviour/movement in space.

As such, I'm very keen to get involved in OSM projects, whether in the UK or anywhere else in the world.

If there are any projects or schemes which would not be bothered by having a student tagging along and getting involved, please let me know. Ideally it would be get to know a project from its inception to its completion, but I would be keen to get to know existing projects as well. I hope the research would help provide more visibility for such open-source projects which are becoming ever more important and relevant to the way we map space.

Many thanks for your consideration, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Of course if you would like to know more, please do get in touch!



Joe Gerlach

Oxford University Centre for the Environment

00 44 (0) 07851 615 813