Application of web 2.0 in cartographic education. Is it time for cartography 2.0?

Zentai, László (2007) Application of web 2.0 in cartographic education. Is it time for cartography 2.0? In: XXIII International cartographic conference, 2007.08.04-2007.08.10., Moscow, Oroszország.


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The term web 2.0 was first used in 2004 at a conference where the organizers focused on the new generation web services. Although web is not software and it has no versions everybody understood this term and also understood the real meaning behind it. In the last 30 years, cartography considerable changed and we may think of using a similar term for our science: cartography 2.0. Although web 2.0 is not a clear and easily definable term, we can list new features of the web which has formed this new term. Wiki, blog, RSS, mashup applications, social networking are the key features (and other less notorious ones are still under development) which are not concrete applications, but rather philosophies. Wiki is a type of website that allows the users to easily edit/change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. Can we effectively use this new technique in cartography? Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, as personal online diaries; they can be part of a wider network of social media. There are some cartographic blogs available (operated mostly by younger cartographers) which can give new chances for collaborative work, so they may help the cartographic education. One of the most prominent mashup applications is the websites which are connected to GoogleEarth to use their basemaps/satellite images to add their own geographically located contents. These applications are also used by non-cartographers to help them to “make maps”. Are these new features enough to introduce the new term: cartography 2.0?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography / földméréstan, geodézia, térképészet
Q Science / természettudomány > QA Mathematics / matematika > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science / számítástechnika, számítógéptudomány
Depositing User: Erika Bilicsi
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 10:30
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 10:30

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