Online Community Mapping

author: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang
publication date: October 2005
cite this with: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang. Online Community Mapping. At The Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) 2005 Annual Conference in Conjunction with PRDLA and ECAI. October 2005.
link this with: http://guava.iis.sinica.edu.tw/papers/pnc05mapping/
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category: Open Geospatial Information, Social Implications of Information Technologies
tag: online community, online mapping, community mapping, collaborative software, social software, geospatial, participation, web technology
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Abstract

We see an emerging convergence of web-based, geographical, and participatory personal interaction that we characterize as “online community mapping,” in which geo-spatial datasets and web technologies are the two defining conditions for group participation. This talk will classify a diverse collection of these phenomena on the web to articulate their difference and potential, and to propose possible directions. In particular, public access to geo-spatial datasets and tools, as well as mechanism design of collaborative and social software, we will argue, are the two crucial factors in the further development of online community mapping.

Therefore, we define “online community mapping” as the process of collaborative mapping of geo-spatial domains where people participate online. We envisage the web as a medium of places, people, and participation, and we suggest some implementation strategies to realize such visions.

 
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