Participatory Mapping

Participatory Mapping : New Data, New Cartography

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This book is intended for applications of online digital mapping, called mashups (or composite application), and to analyze the mapping practices in online socio-technical controversies. The hypothesis put forward is that the ability to create an online map accompanies the formation of online audience and provides support for a position in a debate on the Web. The first part provides a study of the map: - a combination of map and statistical reason - crosses between map theories and CIS theories - recent developments in scanning the map, from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Web map. The second part is based on a corpus of twenty "mashup" maps, and offers a techno-semiotic analysis highlighting the "thickness of the mediation" they are in a process of communication on the Web. Map as a device to "make do" is thus replaced through these stages of creation, ranging from digital data in their viewing, before describing the construction of the map as a tool for visual evidence in public debates, and ending with an analysis of the delegation action against Internet users.
The third section provides an analysis of these mapping practices in the case study of the controversy over nuclear radiation following the accident at the Fukushima plant on March 11, 2011. Techno-semiotic method applied to this corpus of radiation map is supplemented by an analysis of web graphs, derived from "digital methods" and graph theory, accompanying the analysis of the previous steps maps (creating Geiger data or retrieving files online), but also their movement, once maps are made.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 166 x 235 x 20mm | 438g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848216610
  • 9781848216617
  • 2,178,946

Table of contents

Introduction ix Part 1 Origins and Properties of Online Maps 1 Chapter 1 Tooling Up for Complexity 3 Chapter 2 From GIS to Web Maps 19 Chapter 3 A Participant in the Web of Platform 37 Chapter 4 Maps and Web-Based Data 49 Part 2 Mapping Practices in Emergency Situations 75 Chapter 5 The State of Information After the Fukushima 77 Chapter 6 Production Radiation Maps 87 Chapter 7 Circulation and Use of Maps 109 Chapter 8 The Shape of Public Engagement 125 Conclusion 145 Bibliography 149 Index 159
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About Jean-Christophe Plantin

Jean-Christophe Plantin is a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, USA and the Universit de Technologie de Compi gne, France. His research interests include the Geospatial Web, participatory mapping projects and digital methods in the social sciences and humanities.
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