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May 15, 2007

The Geospatial Web


Shaping the Network Society

Arno Scharl, Klaus Tochtermann (Eds.): The Geospatial Web - How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society. Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series. London: Springer (2007). With a Foreword by Patrick J. Hogan, Program Manager of NASA World Wind

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 geobrowsers 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 edited volume summarizes the latest research on the Geoweb’s technical foundations, describes collaborative tools built on top of geobrowsers, 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 book's Web site provides the table of contents, preface and foreword, author biographies, 25 abstracts and a sample chapter on "Media Platforms for Managing Geotagged Knowledge Repositories".

Posted by jo at May 15, 2007 11:17 AM