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1 Soweto uprisings. com Ismail Farouk | Babak Fakhamzadeh March 9, 2007

2 Soweto uprisings. com 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 Heroes AcreRed Paving: Mputhi StreetOriginal Township House

3 Soweto uprisings. com JRA routes

4 Soweto uprisings. com Hector Pieterson museum ► Hector Pieterson museum as an economic (tourist) attraction in Soweto, ► ► Tourist activity in Soweto concentrated around Vilikazi Precinct, ► ► Need for diversification of tourist activity throughout Soweto, ► ► Through the development of new landmarks associated with the uprisings. Hector Pieterson museum

5 Soweto uprisings. com Hector Pieterson research project Aims: ► ► 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 Africa, ► ► 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

6 Soweto uprisings. com Why Hector Pieterson? ► Why not Hastings Ndlovu? The Famous photograph by Sam Nzime

7 Soweto uprisings. com Limitations of static mapping Sowetouprisings.comSowetouprisings.com: animates cultural spatial research, accessible to anyone online, Provides a platform for contribution.

8 Soweto uprisings. com 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. Jamaican Creolereggaeskahip-hopNew York Jamaican Creolereggaeskahip-hopNew York Jamaican - from Wikipedia

9 Soweto uprisings. com 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

10 Soweto uprisings. com Typical sources ► Google Maps, ► Flickr (photo sharing), ► GeoURL (geotagged websites), ► Del.icio.us (social bookmarking), ► Wikipedia (open encyclopaedia), ► Yahoo! Pipes.

11 Soweto uprisings. com 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 open.

12 Soweto uprisings. com Some existing mashups ► Beeldenstad.net, Beeldenstad.net ► BBC News Maps, BBC News Maps BBC News Maps ► BibleMap.org, BibleMap.org ► FlickrSudoku, FlickrSudoku ► Wheel of Food, Wheel of Food Wheel of Food ► Webdesktops, meta search engines, news aggregators, etc.

13 Soweto uprisings. com Inside Soweto uprisings. com ► Routes (mapped on Google Maps), ► Points of interest (mapped on Google Maps), ► Admin submitted descriptions and photos (hosted on Flickr), ► User submitted photos (hosted on Flickr), ► User submitted comments, ► User generated blogs (through Google Blogsearch), ► Encyclopaedia articles on nearby locations (through Wikipedia), ► Nearby website locations (through GeoURL), ► Nearby suburbs (through Geocoder).

14 Soweto uprisings. com 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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