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The case for practice theory

conversation analysis of map use in car journeys explores how map use is entangled with other driving related practices, but brackets out other social relations. Likewise, Perkins (2008) provides the most promising purchase through ethnographic research, drawing on actor-network theory (ANT) to explore mapping constructions and circuits of capital bounded within the localised contexts of specific case studies of specialised map use. Meanwhile, Hind and Gekker (2014) focus on moments of (social) interaction between user and technology interfaces (driver-car assemblages

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A conceptual framework for considering mapping projects as they change over time

consumption, performance and negotiation associated with maps or mapping projects. In practical terms, a variety of methods are used to examine mapping processes. Kitchin, Gleeson and Dodge (2013) employ an insider ethnography to relate the dynamic process of data collection and map making/use/re-use/ re-authoring, akin to a diary or narrative journal of the life of their map(s). Through interviews and participant observation, Del Casino and Hanna (2006) used performative and ethnographic methods to explore their ‘map spaces’. Chris Perkins writes too that performative

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Mapping times

irretrievable process of producing an OSM map with a group of other volunteer mappers. As a self-described ‘intervention’, these narratives unfold, deconstruct and liquidise traditional spatial metaphors through a series of animated interjections – Gerlach offers an auto-ethnographic exploration of mapping focusing on the banality of logistics Introduction: mapping times 15 and equipment, while reflecting on the ideological and discursive nature of digital cartography. Together, these threads playfully ‘undo’ traditional conceptualisations of how mapping and cartographic

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  time 30 Ephemerality/mobility reflecting upon the somatic, affective and micropolitical energies of mapping. Methodologically, this is something of a ‘fieldwork of fieldwork’ insofar as a central activity of OpenStreetMap is one of ‘surveying the field’; a mode of cartographic interpolation. As such, this modest tracing of a day’s cartography joins a growing number of studies that approach examples of vernacular mapping in an ethnographic manner (see Perkins and Dodge, 2008); a realisation of human geographers’ tentative re-acquaintance with all things cartographic

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Exploring the real-time smart city dashboard

conducting ethnographic observations of actual processes of mapping and decision-making in smart city control rooms. Acknowledgements An early version of this work was presented during the workshop ‘Time travelers: Temporality and mapping’, University of Oxford, 27–28 May 2014. The author wishes to thank the participants for their comments and suggestions. Notes  1 Their plea for slowness ties in with a recent call by Christoph Lindner for the slow smart city (Lindner, 2013). In Italy, città slow are positively conceptualised as prioritising quality of life over

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A trialogue

/mobility Table 3.1  Published ‘Smellmaps’ by Kate McLean Year Smell map city location Medium Temporality Participants 2010 Paris Smells + hand illustration Individual memory/ association  10 2011 Edinburgh Digital print + natural smells Snapshot + ­personal association  10 2011 New York’s smelliest block Digital print Auto-ethnographic snapshot   2 2012 Newport Digital print + natural smells Collective s­ napshot + ­personal association  30 2012 Glasgow Digital print + smells Collective s­ napshot + ­personal association  20 2013 Milan 3D hand

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