Yesterday’s Financial Times contains an interesting article on location-based technologies — geo-visualization, to be jargon precise — and their use in archaeology and retail. The core of the piece is a recounting of one fellow’s search for Ulysses’ Ithaca via various location technologies, including NASA’s Worldwind:
Rather than just using notebooks or spreadsheets, he wanted to reconstruct visually the eastern Mediterranean, and search for Ithaca not just with his brain, but with his eyes.
To begin with, he built his own renderings of the area using commercially available satellite images and elevation data, to construct detailed relief maps of likely places.
“By using modern technology it becomes possible to combine fieldwork in Greece with detailed fieldwork in England. I can go to places that you can sometimes never get to,” he says.