The Geospatial Web - How Geo-Browsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society
(c)2007 Springer Advanced Information & Knowledge Processing Series; ISBN 1-84628-826-6

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.

Environmental Online Communication
(c)2004 Springer, ISBN 1-85233-783-4

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.

Evolutionary Web Development
(c)2000 Springer, ISBN 1-85233-310-3.

The book examines the evolution of Web information systems, paying particular attention to the emergent attributes of electronic markets. The book blends a strong theoretical background with state-of-the-art research and several industry analyses. It identifies four categories of architecture and demonstrates their virtues and limitations: static, interactive, adaptive, and agent-mediated systems. The author presents an automated and scalable approach to Web assessment and emphasizes the role of feedback in an iterative cycle of design, implementation, usage, and analysis.


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.

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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.


     ['web'li-z&rd]

Function: web site analyzer
Etymology: composed from web (as in World Wide Web) and lyzard (as in Analyzer)

1 : (broadly) suborder of emerging virtual organisms distinguished from spiders and worms by its focus on business ecosystems.
2 : the first automated and integrated analyzer of Web site structure and content. webLyzard can be identified by its speed, accuracy, scalability, and the abundance of data gathered. It compares your Web site with direct competitors, industry leaders, and other business sectors from both structural and textual perspectives. webLyzard uncovers strengths, points out weaknesses, and helps to improve and optimize existing systems.