Culture Atlas Infrastructure: A Participatory and Collaborative Perspective

author: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang
publication date: August 2006
cite this with: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang. Culture Atlas Infrastructure: A Participatory and Collaborative Perspective. At The Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) 2006 Annual Conference in Conjunction with PRDLA and ECAI. August 2006.
link this with: http://guava.iis.sinica.edu.tw/papers/pnc06/
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category: Open Geospatial Information, Social Implications of Information Technologies
tag: collaboration, online community, collaborative technology, collaborative mechanism, Culture Atlas, participation, Web3P
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Abstract

Recent past has witnessed a proliferation of online maps and resources that, with their machine- accessible web services, enable the tech-savvy to mix-and-match these services to create web applications of novel utility. Many of these applications, so-called mash-ups, again are online resources that attract large populations of users and receive voluminous user feedback. If the Web is to be seen as the platform for building the next generation culture atlas, who are the contributors and what motivate them? In this presentation we contemplate these questions from the perspective of user participation and collaboration. We will identify the key issues and propose ways to address them. We have been building a prototype system called Web3P (“A Web of Place, People, and Participation”) to experiment with various design elements and implementation techniques to facilitate collaborative geospatial mapping. We will present our experience from using the prototype to map the geographic and cultural landscape of Orchid Island (Lanyu), the home to the Tao aborigines of Taiwan.

 
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