The Geospatial Web - How Geo-Browsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society
The Geospatial Web will have a profound impact on managing knowledge, structuring workflows within and across organizations, and communicating with like-minded individuals in virtual communities. The enabling technologies for the Geospatial Web are geo-browsers such as NASA World Wind, Google Earth and Microsoft Live Local 3D. These three-dimensional platforms not only reveal the geographic distribution of Web resources and services, but also bring together people of similar interests, browsing behavior, or geographic location. This book summarizes the latest research on the technical foundations of the Geoweb, describes information services and collaborative tools built on top of geo-browsers, and investigates the environmental, social and economic impacts of geospatial applications. The role of contextual knowledge in shaping the emerging network society deserves particular attention. By integrating geospatial and semantic technology, such contextual knowledge can be extracted automatically – for example, when processing Web documents to identify relevant content for customized news services.
The Internet and wireless communication networks are transforming the way society handles the explosive growth and dwindling half-life of environmental information. How can we leverage new technologies to advocate sustainability and the protection of natural ecosystems? This book presents an interdisciplinary investigation of this question, combining theoretical foundations of environmental online communication with pioneering conceptual work and case studies of successful information systems. Its 25 chapters address the transition to a knowledge-based economy, shed light on hidden assumptions and misconceptions about environmental issues, and suggest priorities for research and policy development. The book analyses communicative strategies from four interrelated perspectives: Raising Environmental Awareness, Environmental Science, Corporate Sustainability, Networks & Virtual Communities.
Information and its Web-based representation are powerful tools for social and environmental change. The purpose of this research network is to bring together scientists of different disciplines to explore the design, implementation, management, funding, promotion, and evaluation of state-of-the-art Web information systems that advocate sustainability and the protection of natural ecosystems. ECOresearch.net is intended to support the research activities of network members, identify synergies, coordinate the various projects, and help with resource acquisition. Theoretical work on the methodological, technological and organizational foundations of environmental online communication complements prototype development and case studies of deployed or planned systems.
On 13 December 2007, the ECOresearch Network launched a Web analysis systems covering the US Election 2008. The Web site tracks the candidates’ performance on the campaign trail. Weekly statistics reveal regional differences and contrast the positions of different stakeholders such as news media, companies, bloggers and environmental organizations. In addition to investigating recent trends (attention, sentiment and keywords), users can also cast their vote for their preferred candidate.
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