Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Gartner:
"Applying WebMapping 2.0 to Cartographic Heritage";
e-Perimetron, 4 (2009), 6 pages.

English abstract:
The term Web 2.0 was first popularized by O´Reilly Associates in 2004 to reflect changes in the ways in which the World Wide Web was being deployed, and has subsequently come to stand for what is a potentially revolutionary change in the nature of the Internet. Web 2.0 extends the traditional Web by employing an architecture of participation that goes way beyond following hyperlinks. In this next generation of networked services a web site is used as a platform for others to extend or edit content or services, instead of simply disseminating information created by a web master. Examples of Web 2.0 applications include socialnetworking sites, video sharing and podcast sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. Such
websites are designed to work in a social, collective and participatory manner, as is the opensource software that underpins their development. Such software is increasingly being used in the development of cartography and mapping services, and a number of Web 2.0 mapping applications are active across the Internet.
In this contribution the main issues of Web Mapping 2.0 are discussed as well as the consequences for cartographers and users. Questions over the quality, integrity, design and aesthetics, privacy and potential influences of governments or commercial companies are key for the success of the mapping in Web 2.0. It is argued that WebMapping 2.0 enables the integration of social and technical aspects into models of cartographic communication and
that the process of technological change is itself leading to an important rethinking of mapping. With these new technologies an infrastructure is available which can have an impact on the way cartographic heritage is distributed and used. Knowledge concerning
cartographic heritage can be collected and shared in a different way.

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