Reflections from the Middle

One of the many maps made over the course of my time in London (apparently cloudy days inspire greyscale).

For most Londoners, January means short days and gray skies. For me, it also means the realization that I’m rapidly approaching the midway point of my Fulbright-National Geographic project on collecting and analyzing groups of Londoners’ personal geolocation and browser history data. In the past, I’ve used these posts as opportunities to ruminate on the high-level concepts informing my project, but this post will be treated a bit differently. Since I’m nearly halfway done, I thought it would be fitting to talk about three of the most important things I’ve discovered over the past four months spent working on this project.

Trust and Data

One of the first things I learned is the importance of trust and communication when it comes to working with people. I started this project knowing that I wanted to work directly with a group of people, collect their offline and online data, and see what that data would reveal about interactions with others and/or experiences within the city. This task revealed itself to be infinitely more complicated than I had assumed. Most long-term projects have an ambiguity that —> Read More Here


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