How to Build Places with Words

  • Martyn Smith


One feature of Google Earth is a layer that consists of books that spread out over the world. Zoom in on the satellite image of an American city and concentric rings of small yellow books arrange themselves around it. Click on any of those yellow books and a bibliographic reference appears, letting you know that this city was mentioned in a certain digitized book or journal. This layer of books is not yet as useful as it could be, being filled mainly with incidental references, but the image of a map covered with books is useful to contemplate.


Collective Memory Religious Identity Social Memory Significant Place Sacred Site 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Martyn Smith 2008

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