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The Geospatial Web

How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society

Scharl, Arno, Tochtermann, Klaus (Eds.)

2007, XII, 282 p. 93 illus. Also available online.

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  • First book on subject - since integrating semantic Web technology with geo-browsing platforms and the emerging breed of social software often summarized under the umbrella term ‘Web 2.0,’ is inevitably gaining importance
  • Clear focus on applied geospatial aspects
  • Appeal to industry practice through emphasis on applied science
  • Contributions from a very active research community

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 revolutionize the production and consumption of media products. They 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 Geospatial Web’s technical foundations, 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.

Presenting 25 chapters from renowned international experts, this edited volume will be invaluable to scientists, students, practitioners, and all those interested in the emerging field of geospatial Web technology. Updates and additional resources are available at www.geospatialweb.com.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 3D - Browser - Contextualization - Geospatial Web - Information Spaces - JPEG - JPEG 2000 - Knowledge Management - Semantic Web - Social Software - Tagged - machine learning - modeling - organization - visualization

Related subjects » Database Management & Information Retrieval - Geographical Information Systems - HCI - Information Systems and Applications - Popular Science

Table of contents 

Foundations Of The Geospatial Web.- Towards the Geospatial Web: Media Platforms for Managing Geotagged Knowledge Repositories.- Infrastructure for the Geospatial Web.- Imaging on the Geospatial Web Using JPEG 2000.- What's So Special about Spatial?.- Navigating The Geospatial Web.- Conceptual Search: Incorporating Geospatial Data into Semantic Queries.- Location-based Web Search.- Ubiquitous Browsing of the World.- Spatiotemporal-Thematic Data Processing for the Semantic Web.- Building The Geospatial Web.- A Semantic Approach for Geospatial Information Extraction from Unstructured Documents.- Enhancing RSS Feeds with Extracted Geospatial Information for Further Processing and Visualization.- A Supervised Machine Learning Approach to Toponym Disambiguation.- Geospatial Communities.- Geospatial Information Integration for Science Activity Planning at the Mars Desert Research Station.- Inferences of Social and Spatial Communities over the World Wide Web.- Participating in the Geospatial Web: Collaborative Mapping, Social Networks and Participatory GIS.- Sharing, Discovering and Browsing Geotagged Pictures on the World Wide Web.- Supporting Geo-Semantic Web Communities with the DBin Platform: Use Cases and Perspectives.- Environmental Applications.- A Geospatial Web Platform for Natural Hazard Exposure Assessment in the Insurance Sector.- Development, Implementation and Application of the WebGIS MossMet.- European Air Quality Mapping through Interpolation with Application to Exposure and Impact Assessment.- to Ubiquitous Cartography and Dynamic Geovisualization with Implications for Disaster and Crisis Management.- Fire Alerts for the Geospatial Web.- Geospatial Web Services.- Geospatial Web Services: The Evolution of Geospatial Data Infrastructure.- SWING – A Semantic Framework for Geospatial Services.- Similarity-based Retrieval for Geospatial Semantic Web Services Specified Using the Web Service Modeling Language (WSML-Core).- Geospatial Data Integration with Semantic Web Services: The eMerges Approach.

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