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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, November 05, 2004
    Mapping the University of Openess
     
    Hibernation! An afternoon in, listening to the very thrilling sounds of Les Georges Leningrad - Sur les traces de Black Eskimo - and finishing-off reading the very fulsome Summer issue of Mute.

    Which introduced me to the University of Openess, an 'institution' so open that it is virtually baseless, where users set their own teaching and study agendas. One of its most popular aspects is the Faculty of Cartography which claims that "The uo is now the only university in the UK that offers courses and research opportunities for the study of Cartography (the last Cartography department at Oxford Brookes Uni closed in 2001)."

    The uo Faculty of Cartography is here for the study of maps and map making in the broadest terms, from mind maps and diagrams of political influence, to directions scribbled on a beer mat. The faculty is as interested in the cultural conditions of map making as in the practice itself, and seeks to investigate the diverse contexts of map making as much as its methodologies, technologies, and history.

    I like it. Now just have to work out what to do with it.