Locative Media 11- MarineTraffic

This is a very amazing visualized global ship traffic map for me that I can’t help to ask: How come the world is so occupied? The ocean part of the world is such a densely waived network, a part that is always neglected by our people who lives in the land all time, is carrying so many mysterious journeys day and night. This is a symbol of global capitalization.

Comparing the ship traffic between Paris and Berlin, they are very similar in many ways:

Both cities are divided by a river- river seine and river spree – in the middle. And the ships in the rivers are mainly passengers vessels: those little cruise with excited tourists I see everyday everytime after school.

If moving the passengers vessels from the map, what is left is very few:

the marine traffic map of shanghai is a totally different world:

I’ve seen the surprising numbers of vessels in Huangpu river from my flight back to Shanghai from north part of China. They created such a great view with sun shining in the river if you see it from the sky. It is not that surprising if only see how many little marks of cargo vessels squeeze around Shanghai. But with the direct visual comparison among Paris and Berlin, Shanghai does look like a busy city with growing economics..

Locative Media 10 – GeoJSON

The location I choose is about street artists in Paris. As I travel around Europe, I found that the overall style of street artists are quite different from different countries. Madrid is more casual and celebrative, Copenhagen is more isolated and poetic, and in Prague’s old town square the street artists have a feeling of absurd humor (maybe under the influence of Kafka?). And I’m always amazed by how high the levels of street artists in paris are, especially one day I saw two people doing bel canto and demotic singing in the subway station!

I give three properties to my collected data so far: Location, art-type and arrondissement. Here’s my code:


Zeyao – LM – Exiftool

The first one is taken in Florence! Amazing!

The second one was taken in Madrid, the Retiro park! I went there when I was in Madrid, and actually my instagram profile photo was taken there too!

The third one was taken in London. Actually before I checked the data, I assumed that this one would be taken London and I am right!

Zeyao – LM – MarineTraffic

This is a really fun and interesting map. I have never seen a map that tells you the Marine traffic, probably because that was not related to my business? Now I am in Prague, and when moved the map to Europe and zoomed a little bit in, it was funny to see that there was almost no sign in Czech Republic. Then when I zoomed into Prague, maps came out like this. THERE WAS NO SHIP IN PRAGUE! Only the Prague port sign showed up. Sad…

Then I compared Prague to Berlin, which was 4 hours bus away from Prague, and also where Ashley is studying in. Berlin is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world, and I just came back yesterday. On the map I saw so many ships that were actually moving on the river, and it shows the destination and position received time.

Before I moved the map to Shanghai, I knew that it was gonna be crazy!! Shanghai is one of the important port city in China and when I was studying there, I noticed there were a lot of ships on the HuangPu River. So yeah I was not surprised by the map. By the way I really missed the seafood because all the seafood are so expensive in Prague 🙁


There’s a port in the southwest Washington, has approximately 25 ships in port and 41 port calls. Which is a fair amount of marine traffic. By the time I looked at it, it’s mainly sailing vessels. and two passenger vessels. To be honest, I am a little bit surprised that Washington has this kind of port since I assume it’s an inner land city different from Shanghai and Suzhou. Different from lots of ferries transportation in New York, I barely heard that people are taking a ferry in Washington.

This is Berlin, it has a fair amount of vessels as well. But is basically along the continental river. I spotted a port on the south side of the river. I also notice a pattern that vessels are almost along the major cities.

This is Shanghai~ Shanghai is such a busy port and Changjiang(Yangzi River) is a major canal for China. The majority of vessels are cargo, bulk carries and oil/chemical tanker. And vessels are distributed along the border of Shanghai as well.

LM: Week 5 – GeoJSON

For this assignment, I chose the three common places I get food and coffee around the city. I visit these places at least once a week. The first one is Lidl. It is a discount grocery store where I get my groceries. It also has a coffee vending machine inside where I’ll sometimes get coffee. The second place is Chupenga. It is a Mexican restaurant along the lines of Chipotle. I get lunch/dinner here every Wednesday. The last place is Rewe. This is a supermarket chain located all throughout Berlin. I am specifically talking about the one close to the academic center. I get coffee here almost every morning (if I don’t grab it from Lidl), as well as a mid-class snack or breakfast items to take home for the next mornings. I’ll often get lunch here, too.

For the file, I put in the places’ names, if I get mainly food or coffee there, and their opening hours. I also used Google Maps to help me find the coordinates. I chose coordinates that were at the entrance I normally use to enter (not always the main entrance).

I got frustrated pretty easily with this software. I started by typing everything in, then realized I could just place a marker and the site would write it for me. Then I realized that every time I tried to edit the map, the code would change, erasing any extra elements I put in. I finally figured out to just edit the table on the map, and it finally all pieced together.

LM: Week 6 – Marine Traffic

Berlin: Berlin had a fair amount of traffic. There were many passenger vessels and tugboats or special crafts. There were a few cargo vessels. There was one port that showed up on the south side of the river. There were lots of photos that popped up west of the port. I didn’t realize the river was used that much. I assumed the passenger vessels were like the dinner cruise parties, but there’s a whole category for pleasure crafts, but there weren’t many of those. I wonder what the cargo vessels are carrying.

Prague: There wasn’t much traffic. Actually basically none. There was one port in the northern part of the river, but not any pictures. It seemed very scarce compared to Berlin. I guess this is because there’s no major water port or major body of water nearby (unlike Germany who has access to the coast.

Shanghai: There were tons of cargo vessels. It was a little shocking to see all the activity after the barren Prague and medium Berlin. This actually makes a lot of sense since China exports and ships for several companies. Most of the ships were in the mouth/delta of the Yangzi River, but there was a fair amount of boats in the Huangpu River as well.


For the GeoJSON data collecting, I mainly collected two data. The first one os the shopping that I frequently go to, I include the nearest Macys, CVS near our academic building. For the second one, I marked all the CVS pharmacy I have visited.

I was motivated to do the second one because one day when I went to the CVS, which was supposed to be a 24 hr convenience store, it was closed. So I paid attention to the opening time and documented. Also, there are special centers within CVS, so I also documented the CVS special center.