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Ismail Farouk | Babak Fakhamzadeh
March 9, 2007
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Soweto development context
Today, Soweto faces many development pressures. The
landscape of Soweto is being altered by large commercial
developments. Whilst the historic landscape is being lost to
new development, new landmarks associated with the
Soweto Uprisings are being developed. Currently, the
Johannesburg Roads Agency is undertaking a project to
formalise the township’s roads and sidewalks. Part of this
process is the paving of the proposed student routes taken
on that fateful day, June 16 1976.
1976 Heroes Acre
Red Paving: Mputhi Street
Original Township House
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JRA routes
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Hector Pieterson museum
Hector Pieterson museum
as an economic (tourist)
attraction in Soweto,
► Tourist activity in Soweto
concentrated around Vilikazi
► Need for diversification of
tourist activity throughout
► Through the development
of new landmarks
associated with the
Hector Pieterson museum
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Hector Pieterson research project
► Map the various school routes of
the Soweto uprisings of 1976,
► Map the earlier PAC led Positive
Action Campaign of 1960
protesting the pass laws of South
► Map police route taken from the
Orlando Police Station to Vilikazi
Street in Orlando West,
► Identify key historical landmarks
along the route such as meeting
places, open spaces, bridges and
historic houses.
Home of Tsietsie Mashinini
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Why Hector Pieterson?
► Why
not Hastings Ndlovu?
The Famous photograph by Sam Nzime
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Limitations of static mapping animates cultural spatial research, accessible to
anyone online, Provides a platform for contribution.
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What is a mashup?
Mashup (or mash it up) is a Jamaican
Creole term meaning to destroy. In the
context of reggae or ska music, it can take
on a positive connotation and mean an
exceptional performance or event. The term
has also been used in hip-hop, especially in
cities such as New York that have a high
Jamaican population.
- from Wikipedia
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What is a mashup? Take two
A mashup is a website or application that
combines content from more than one
source into an integrated experience.
- from Wikipedia
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Typical sources
► Google
► Flickr (photo sharing),
► GeoURL (geotagged websites),
► (social bookmarking),
► Wikipedia (open encyclopaedia),
► Yahoo! Pipes.
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How to tie them together?
API: An application programming interface is a source
code interface that a computer system or program library
provides in order to support requests for services to be
made of it by a computer program.
RSS/XML: A markup language (like HTML), its primary
purpose being to facilitate the sharing of data across
different information systems, typically websites.
Typically, but not always, APIs and XML sources are free and
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Some existing mashups
News Maps,
► FlickrSudoku,
► Wheel of Food,
► Webdesktops, meta search engines, news
aggregators, etc.
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Routes (mapped on Google Maps),
► Points of interest (mapped on Google Maps),
► Admin submitted descriptions and photos (hosted on
► User submitted photos (hosted on Flickr),
► User submitted comments,
► User generated blogs (through Google Blogsearch),
► Encyclopaedia articles on nearby locations (through
► Nearby website locations (through GeoURL),
► Nearby suburbs (through Geocoder).
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Cool quote
“Whose history is to be preserved in these acts of
commemoration? In what places is this history
most appropriately encased? What forms shall the
memories take? How can choosing a past can help
us construct a future? Through preserving urban
history can we explain the current design of the city
and its political economy? Can such historical
understanding enable us to change the design and
political economy in significantly beneficial ways?”
- Edward Soja (1995)

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