GeoCollaboration & Knowledge Management

Most work on problems that matter for science and society is conducted collaboratively by variously organized groups of individuals. However, current geographic information technology focuses on support one user at a time. Similarly, most data sets are generated to meet one objective, but then used to support many tasks. Enabling group/collaborative work with geographic information (geocollaboration) is a fundamental research challenge for GIScience and information science more generally. Research in GeoVISTA provides a base from which explore fundamental issues related to the human, database, and semantic aspects of geocollaboration. This recent and current research includes: This current research includes:

  • design and implementation of collaborative, visually-enabled methods and tools for working with geographic information
  • research on strategies to support distributed, map-based dialogue and decision-making
  • development of a semantic framework for managing the meaning associated with geospatial information as it is constructed and modified during analysis
  • development of multimodal interfaces that support group work using GISystems with large screen displays applied to decision support

Some current specific foci include research on geovisualization system architecture research focused on how to turn geovisual software states into persistent textual representations that can be shared between users; development and usability assessment of strategies to support collaborative spatial database query; development of the concept of "geomessages" through which chat can carry geographic data in the form of attached web map and web feature services, and research on visual argumentation methods to support distributed, map-based deliberation.