Three Years, 2.5 Million Data Points, One Lifelong Obsession with Maps

aaronpk handwritten commute logs Three Years, 2.5 Million Data Points, One Lifelong Obsession with Maps

Last week, we posted a TedxVancouver talk from Jer Thorp about the humanity in data. Today, we bring you the story of Aaron Parecki, who grew from a geo-data obsessed youth (the above are the detailed logs he kept of his commutes with his parents from 1995-1997) to a digital cartography expert. Co-founder of Geoloqi, Aaron has been tracking and visualizing his location every six seconds for the past three years. ¬†Projects like this have existed in the past, but Aaron’s dedication to self-surveillance¬†throughout his life is impressive.

What comes out of this data is a beautiful visual story of a person’s life – where he spends his time and how this has changed over time depending on where he’s lived. It’s about as personal of a city map as one can get. To read more about this project and Aaron, check out the Co.Design article and Aaron’s website.

2012 03 aaronpk gps map portland close Three Years, 2.5 Million Data Points, One Lifelong Obsession with Maps

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