Building location-based mass collaboration systems: Challenges and opportunities

Arie Croitoru, Ofer Arazy

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With the rise of Web 2.0 and social computing, we have been witnessing a revolution in the way spatial information is being accessed and utilized. However, the paradigm that governs the generation of spatial information products such as GIS applications has not changed much. The rise of web-based mass collaboration offers an opportunity to develop a new paradigm for creating and sharing spatial information products. To illustrate this, we developed wikiGIS, a location-based mass collaboration system that is designed to generate spatial knowledge products through self-organization, decentralization, and peer-to-peer mass collaboration. Open source software tools provide a natural fit for implementing such location - based mass collaboration systems. In this paper we review the design and development of wikiGIS, analyse the suitability of existing open source tools, and identify key challenges for tools that support location-based mass collaboration systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
EditorsErwan Bocher, Markus Neteler
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783642105951
ISBN (Print)9783319005140, 9783319009926, 9783319036434, 9783319081793, 9783319337821, 9783319615141, 9783319639451, 9783319714691, 9783540342373, 9783540685678, 9783540713173, 9783540777991, 9783540873921, 9783540882435, 9783642032936, 9783642034411, 9783642047909, 9783642105944, 9783642105944, 9783642122712, 9783642155369, 9783642224409, 9783642241970, 9783642297694, 9783642318320, 9783642327131, 9783642332173, 9783642343582, 9783642363788, 9783642375323
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Open Source Geospatial Research Symposium, OGRS 2009 - Nantes, France
Duration: 8 Jul 200910 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2246
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2351


Conference1st International Open Source Geospatial Research Symposium, OGRS 2009

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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