(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Continuous connectivity, handheld computers, and mobile spatial knowledge

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WILSON M.W. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, ETATS-UNIS


This article examines continuous connectivity, handheld computers, and mobile spatial knowledge. It explains that many of these digital devices (especially mobile ones) become functional only through a series of connections to data and communication networks. From these system-level codes that maintain device connectivity to software-level codes that push and pull data to and from ‘the cloud’, being always connected is part of a cultural milieu that has diverse implications not only for attention but also for the development of collective, spatial knowledge. Here, this research situates the emergence of continuous connectivity in the marketing of handheld computers in the late 1990s, to historicize the importance of connection for understanding geospatial practices


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no3 [pp. 535-555]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 6 ill.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/d14112

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