The Web and Collaborative Geospatial Mapping: A Position Paper

author: Chin-Lung Chang, Yi-Hong Chang, Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Dong-Po Deng, Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Chia-Hsin Huang
publication date: September 2006
cite this with: Chin-Lung Chang, Yi-Hong Chang, Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Dong-Po Deng, Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Chia-Hsin Huang. The Web and Collaborative Geospatial Mapping: A Position Paper. Technical Report TR-IIS-06-011, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica. September 2006.
link this with: http://guava.iis.sinica.edu.tw/papers/tr06011/
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category: Open Geospatial Information, Social Implications of Information Technologies
tag: collaborative software, community mapping, online community, online mapping, open access, geospatial data. academics in appreciating geospatial information and rapid
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Abstract

The initiative of our research is to build a geo-writable web, using open source technologies for people's participation online. This paper is the key underpinning for the new emerging trend “online community mapping” as a conceptualized model combined with information/computer science, geography, and sociology, which we have proposed recently. In particular, we argue that public access to geospatial datasets and tools, as well as mechanism design of collaborative and social software, are crucial factors. We envisage the web as a medium of places, people, and participation (3P), and we outline in this paper an implementation strategy for this vision. A prototype called Web3P is being built to experiment with various design elements and implementation techniques to further facilitate an “online community mapping” process.

 
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