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

L. Jesse Rouse • Susan J. Bergeron • Trevor M. Harris

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.

Logo | Organizations
The Geospatial Web ▪ Copyright 2007 Springer ▪ ISBN: 1-84628-826-6