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James Burns

Trained in symbolic systems, mathematics, and theoretical economics at Stanford and Harvard, James Burns designs and develops new digital and intellectual frameworks for relational knowledge. An avid hacker, James built the API-driven website Mapping Main Street, constructing a system that automatically interrelates media feeds from across the web into thematic and geographic pathways. Currently, he is focused upon developing Zeega into an enterprise publishing platform that allows scholars, journalists, artists and ordinary citizens to easily create sophisticated interactive projects through participatory media, algorithmically curate and visualize large-scale media and data collections, and a suite of parametric authoring tools. James’s work in economics investigates topics in Game Theory, Market Design and Decision Theory. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.


Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009

The Google map is not the territory

a conversation about Mapping Main Street

When politicians and the media mention "Main Street," they evoke one people and one place. A singular image of a small Midwestern community comes to mind. It would be the kind of… More


Oct 20, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Mapping Main Street

Experiments in Estrangement at the Intersection of Social Science, Art, Design, Public Media and the Digital Humanities

Mapping Main Street is a collaborative documentary media project that creates a new map of the country through a dynamic visualization of stories, data, photos and videos recorded… More