From Cyberspace to Realspace: A New Cyber-GIS Approach to Visualize the Information Landscape of the Semantic Web and Cyberinfrastructure

…from the National Science Foundation TeraGrid Workshop on Cyber-GIS, 2010…

Ming-Hsiang Tsou

“Currently, most cyberinfrastructure research projects in the GIS community are focusing on utilizing cyberinfrastructure to advance GIScience and geospatial technology. This position paper will provide an alternative view to highlight the possibility of utilizing GIS and cartographic methods to understand and visualize the Semantic Web and cyberinfrastructure.

“In the digital age, ideas and concepts can be disseminated with incredible speed through the Internet and cyberinfrastructure. GIS, cartographic representation methods, and geo-locating skills for websites could be applied to create a dynamic information landscape of the Semantic Web for specific topics or themes (such as natural disasters, human activities, and radical social movements). Tracking and visualizing the dynamic spread of ideas might help us reveal important social contexts of specific themes and understand the temporal and spatial relationships among them.”

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