I get mail with wonderful links in it, but I'm hard pressed to find the time to post them, so my apologizes to those who've sent me things and not heard back. I'm beyond swamped. In the meantime, perhaps you'll enjoy these two nontraditional takes on "mapping." First up, map as music (or is it vice versa?):
"Conductor" by Alexander Chen
Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA's actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop.
The technical details are here.
Next up, we have a metaphorical map representing the (virtual) American quest for love:
"A More Perfect Union: New York State" (detail) by r. luke dubois
"A More Perfect Union" looks at American self-identity through the medium of online dating services. Culling data from over twenty online dating sites, the work is organized according to the same heuristics as the U.S. Census, sorting dating profiles by Congressional District and subjecting the imagery and text to statistical analysis.
r. luke dubois is represented by bitforms. Thanks to Miles, who is always finding great things, for the heads up on dubois, and to Jennifer for the subway music.