Moving Data

john corrigan floats like a butterfly.

We should also assay conceptualizations of movement through time, as well as space, as the intrinsic and necessarily unstable relationship between attribute data. In other words, we should reflect on how our data is, in a sense, alive, and incapable of disclosing human realities if we force it to stop moving. Data, like butterflies, becomes something else when they are, as the saying goes, ‘captured,’ pinned to a foam core board.

— John Corrigan, “Qualitative GIS and Emergent Semantics,” in Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives, eds. David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris

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