Book Review: A Cartographic Turn

image cartographic turnA Cartographic Turn - Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences explains mapping and cartography from alternative perspectives at the foundation level. This book helps readers to understand how mapping can be used in a social context and with a view toward philosophical elements. Since so much about traditional mapping has been oriented toward location and navigation, this text is important because it opens doors exploring communication and understanding of spaces and places in improved ways. 

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Book Review: Designing Publics

image despublicsDesigning Publics is an emerging field that aims to link civic design technology with social participation in the design process. With appropriate technology, design barriers are reduced, accessibility rises and engagement in the design process increases. This leads to new structures for designing social infrastructure and other infrastructure projects. 

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Book Review: Spatial Modeling And Assessment of Urban Form

cover spmodelingSpatial Modeling and Assessment of Urban Form - Analysis of Urban Growth: From Sprawl to Compact Using Geospatial Data provides a wealth of information about urban growth, change and form. Through GIS and remote sensing, urban change is well explained using assessment, metrics and methods that are well researched.

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Book Review: Connected Gaming: What Making Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

image conngamingConnected Gaming: What Making Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy explores the world of gaming and video games within an educational context. A fascinating book, it includes many examples of projects that are opening the doors into new ways of understanding. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics all benefit from gaming.

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Water Resource Systems Planning and Management

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Water Resource Systems Planning and Management: An Introduction to Methods, Models, and Applications "introduces students of civil engineering and allied disciplines to ways of identifying and evaluating multiple-purpose, multi-objective water quantity and quality planning and management issues.

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Book Review: Archive Everything - Mapping The Everyday

cover arch evArchive Everything - Mapping The Everyday is all about archiving. "Archives now consist of not only documents and sites but also artworks, installations, museums, social media platforms, and mediated and mixed reality environments. Giannachi tracks the evolution of these diverse archival practices across the centuries."

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Book Review: E-Democracy For Smart Cities

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Smart Cities are founded upon active citizen engagement. People use infrastructure that is intelligent, business practices adapt to provide smarter participation, educational institutions support intelligent learning and policies connected to governance become more aware, capable and useful for people. There is no mystery that true e-Democracy is built upon true Smart City development. The question is: how much do we understand about what Smart Cities means? And what is the context we use to gain that understanding?

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Book Review: The Systemic Image - A New Theory of Interactive Real-Time Simulations

cover systemic imageIn The Systemic Image - A New Theory of Interactive Real-Time Simulations, Inge Hinterwaldner considers not only the technical components of dynamic computer simulations but also the sensory aspects of the realization. Examining the optic, the acoustic, the tactile, and the sensorimotor impressions that interactive real-time simulations provide, she finds that iconicity plays a dominant yet unexpected role. 

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Book Review: The Making of Grand Paris

image grandparisIn 2007 the French government announced the “Grand Paris” initiative. This ambitious project reimagined the Paris region as integrated, balanced, global, sustainable, and prosperous. Metropolitan solidarity would unite divided populations; a new transportation system, the Grand Paris Express, would connect the affluent city proper with the low-income suburbs; streamlined institutions would replace fragmented governance structures. Grand Paris is more than a redevelopment plan; it is a new paradigm for urbanism. In this first English-language examination of Grand Paris, Theresa Enright offers a critical analysis of the early stages of the project, considering whether it can achieve its twin goals of economic competitiveness and equality. 

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Book Review: Routledge Handbook On Information Technology In Government

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Governments are rapidly adopting new information technologies as smart cities, cyberinfrastructure, technology, policy and social participation increases. The Routledge Handbook On Information Technology In Government is a unique text that provides a comprehensive range of information technology topics as they connect with current trends in e-government. Much of this material is simply not available in an integrated fashion, making this book both an excellent reference and education resource. 

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