In 2006, I wanted to start an experiment attempting to answer the question, “Why we hangout with people we hangout with?” Using GPS data in conjunction with an interactive map, I’m hoping to illustrate when people’s path have crossed or nearly crossed. Of course, that was pre-smartphone era. There were no abundant of GPS built-in devices to keep track of people. With limited budget, I have got to find another way.
Then a satellite data from WhaleNet at Wheelock College emerged. The result is WhaleNet project, where I (with the help of a friend, Andalib) created an interface that plots GIS data of when and where a group of whales have been. It clearly shows that these whales’ path have crossed at some point. A timeline animation, which will be a part of the next version, should be able to tell which whale were hangout with which.