Open Source Map and Seoul: History of Technology, Commons and Open Source

Google maps blocked in South Korea

In the past, geographical information was the national asset and the critical data for national security and was not generally available to the public. However, accessibility of this geographic information has been revolutionized by the introduction of satellite imagery and approval of the public use of GPS. As a result, various levels of geographical experience have become possible using the map services provided by various Internet service providers. In this lecture, we will look at the geographic information open source movement represented by Open Street Map, the flow of web map caused by it, and related technology stack. In addition, the lecture will remind the role of the map as a public good by looking into the domestic web-map experience (Pokemon Goincident in Sokcho-si) that has been limited for a long time due to the geopolitical situation of Seoul.

E Roon Kang

E Roon Kang runs Math Practice, a design and research studio in New York, and is currently teaching interaction design at Parsons School of Design. He studied graphic design at Yale University and worked as a research fellow at Senseable City Lab of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. As a TED senior fellow, he gave speeches at the TED Conference in the US and at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and taught at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany and ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at New York University. 

Wonyoung So

Wonyoung So is a designer who mainly produces visual stories through data analysis. He has been working on network visualization and mapping, and is also interested in creating free creative systems. He graduated from Kookmin University, majoring in visual design. In 2011, he co-founded Tumblbug, a crowned funding platform. He is currently working as a data visualization specialist at MIT’s Senseable City Lab. His works were exhibited or introduced at Atlantic, CNN, Guardian, Wired, and Seoul Museum of Art.