Commonsense Geography meets Web Technology: Online Community Mapping

author: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang
publication date: December 2005
cite this with: Andrea Wei-Ching Huang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang. Commonsense Geography meets Web Technology: Online Community Mapping. Open GIS & Web GIS 2005 Conference Procedding, pp89-98. December 2005.
link this with: http://tsm.iis.sinica.edu.tw/papers/opengiswebgis05/
copyright: All rights reserved
category: Open Geospatial Information, Social Implications of Information Technologies
tag: openGIS, online community, online mapping
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Abstract

A web case like housingmaps.com offers daily housing services in combination of Google map with craigslist.org, one of most popular online communities which “get the word out about everyday, real-world stuff, and keep things simple and common-sense” on web. This case is not alone as we explored in this research for Online Community Mapping. It also leads us to change the conventional question which was to ask how to find the need or data which people want from web.

Instead we ask how to allow the need and the data to be generated and integrated (participation and collaboration). As such, this question may provide a solution to extend a more flexible, explorative and creative result. The availability and validity of data will be enriched and corrected by the one who own the body of knowledge about their surrounding geographical world (Commonsense Geography). The key underlying here is the design mechanism of open technology and open access to geospatial information.

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