3D printed internet geographies

The Datasthesia team recently turned one of our digital maps into a material printed object. They also kindly shared their files so that we could replicate the process with our own printer. This is what some of the process looked like (it took five hours to print).

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What I find fascinating about this whole process is the way in which the digital and material were iteratively producing and reproducing each other. We started with places, practices, and processes that Wikipedians felt were notable enough to document. Our team then aggregated all of those data into a digital map that illustrated the densities of information on Wikipedia. We then went back and turned those digital representations into a solid graspable object. Here it is; the world according to Wikipedia:

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Mark Graham

Mark Graham is the Professor of Internet Geography at the OII, a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, and an Associate in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. He leads a range of research projects spanning topics between digital labour, the gig economy, internet geographies, and ICTs and development.