Mirror Worlds

What are Mirror Worlds?

Mirror Worlds are reflections and models of the existing world, enhanced by informational overlays not available in the physical world; also known as a geographic information system (GIS).

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

GIS is designed to capture, store, check and display data related to positions on the Earth's surface, enabling a better understanding of spatial patterns and relationships. [Source: NatGeo]

What platforms does GIS run on? A few platforms are:

  • QGIS
  • ArcGIS
  • GeoServer
  • PostGIS
  • OSGeo
  • Grass GIS
  • OpenLayers
  • GDAL
  • Cadcorp
  • Spatial
  • Autodesk

GIS requires data capture, which uses:

  • Cartographic data
  • Photographic data
  • Digital data
  • Spreadsheet data
  • Remote sensing (e.g. satellites)

Origin & History

  • 1967: Canadian GIS
  • 1999: ArcGIS
  • 2004: Amazon BlockView
  • 2005: Google Earth
  • 2017: hundreds of platforms!
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What does GIS look like today?

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How do mirror worlds interact with other metaverse elements?

Since GIS uses informational overlays over images, it shares the most similarities with virtual worlds. However, mirror worlds differ from virtual worlds in that they overlay information on images and reflections of the real world, rather than the world in real time as virtual worlds do.

Analysis & Predictions

As mirror worlds and GIS systems are further developed and refined, they will likely make data more accessible. By converting and visualizing data from spreadsheets, photos, maps, and satellite input, GIS interprets and visualizes that data, making it easier to understand and more accessible.

Since GIS incorporates maps to such a large extent, it is also a useful tool in visualizing the growing impact of globalization.


Other uses of mirror worlds:

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