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The hearing, the mapping, and the Web: Investigating emerging online sound mapping practices.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wen Lin



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Recent years have seen the emergence of sound mapping, through which users can sharetheir recordings of sounds via online mapping platforms. These practices are enabled by an array ofspatial and digital technologies that also facilitate the growth of the so-called volunteered geographicinformation (VGI) regarding contributions from users without training in conventional GIS orcartography. In the growing body of work on VGI, however, not much attention has been given to theemergence of sound maps as part of the VGI constructions. Meanwhile, research in soundscape has notaddressed the aspect of crowd-sourcing or user-generated contributions facilitated by newinformation and communication technologies. This article seeks to bridge this gap. It draws uponimportant insights from critical GIS research into investigating VGI as visual practices, while it is alsoinformed by three areas of soundscape research including mapping soundscapes, tracing theproduction of soundscapes and exploring embodied experiences with soundscapes. Through anempirical case in China, this article suggests a two-level analytical framework: investigating in whatways such crowd-sourced sound maps emerge and interpreting these sounds on the shared platform.In so doing, this study calls for more engagement with the multi-modality aspect of visuality inmappings, which in turn may have implications for landscape design and planning. In this way, it seeksto enrich the discussion on critical visualization.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lin W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape and Urban Planning

Year: 2015

Volume: 142

Pages: 187-197

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Online publication date: 31/08/2015

Acceptance date: 14/08/2015

Date deposited: 11/09/2015

ISSN (print): 0169-2046

ISSN (electronic): 1872-6062

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.08.007

Notes: Special Issue: Critical Approaches to Landscape Visualization


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