Douwe Osinga's Blog: A Map is the eye of the beholder

Friday, September 5, 2003

I have always been fascinated by maps. Maps are not only a picture of the world, they also picture out mind. Let somebody  draw a map of the world and you'll get a map of her/his world.  That's why Europe is in the middle of a European map, China in  the middle of a Chinese map and the US is in the middle of a  map from the United States.

I have designed a little weblet that lets visitors collectively draw a world map. The map is drawn in yellow (land) and blue (sea). One small block, however is red. Visitors are then requested to decide whether this small block should be land or sea for the map to look like the world.

By filtering visitors based on their ip numbers, different maps can be drawn, giving a picture of how people from different regions think the world look like. But that's someway off. For now you can help the project by visiting: