“I know where your cat lives” – Owen Mundy

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From looking at the image and the title of the image I came up with a few ideas from my own prior knowledge, these were:

  • Cat Tinder
  • Cat owners to meet/ connect
  • Sharing photos of cats
  • Cat locations GPS finder

The reason I came up with these ideas was because I can see a representation of google maps/ location along with photographs of cats located in different areas. This to me made me think of a location GPS finder to track your potentially lost cat. The reason I thought of cat tinder was because you meet new people on a dating app called Tinder which shows you an estimated distance where they live. The use of the map background and the photographs of cats in the foreground is the main reasons as to how I concluded with the ideas shown above.

I know for sure it is something to do with cats as it is in the title ‘I know where your cat lives’ and there are many different images of cats within the screenshot.

“I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data visualisation experiment that locates a sample of one million public images of cats on a world map by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer in order to represent the enormity of the data source.” – from the website.

I know where your cat lives was created for two main reasons, the first being to promote and share the sociable and humorous appreciation of cats. The other reason was to show the exploitation of personal data usage and is exploited by startups and international mega-corporations, who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all – in other words making people aware of the reduced amount of privacy online nowadays. I know where your cat lives set out on this adventure with a mission in mind: to point out the ease of access to data and photos on the web. They sought to showcase how readily available social media users’ information and snapshots are to the general public.

I know where your cat lives was made by publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer in order to represent the enormity of the data source. They built I know where your cat lives by using these softwares:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Twitter Bootstrap 3
  • Javascript
  • History.js
  • Google Map API
  • MarkerClustererPlus
  • MarketWithLabel
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Apache
  • Python
  • SciPy K-means clustering

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