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Participating in the Geospatial Web: Collaborative Mapping, Social Networks and Participatory GIS

  • L. Jesse Rouse
  • Susan J. Bergeron
  • Trevor M. Harris
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Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series

In 2005, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! released free Web mapping applications that opened up digital mapping to mainstream Internet users. Importantly, these companies also released free APIs for their platforms, allowing users to geo-locate and map their own data. These initiatives have spurred the growth of the Geospatial Web and represent spatially aware online communities and new ways of enabling communities to share information from the bottom up. This chapter explores how the emerging Geospatial Web can meet some of the fundamental needs of Participatory GIS projects to incorporate local knowledge into GIS, as well as promote public access and collaborative mapping.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Geospatial Data Community Empowerment Geospatial Technology Virtual Globe 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Jesse Rouse
    • 1
  • Susan J. Bergeron
    • 1
  • Trevor M. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeographyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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