Geocollaboration: p2p GIS
April 28th, 2005
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Geocollaboration using Peer-Peer GIS is an article from a GIS trade magazine on the smartmobbing of Geographic Information Systems.

(Via Modus Cooperandi)

Current research and future trends in geospatial application development include collaborative methods for working with geospatial data. A new term some researchers use to describe this approach is “geocollaboration.” For example, in crisis management situations such as homeland security or disaster response, teams of specialists from multiple, disparate organizations often need to share maps, GPS locations, and related data. They also have a need to cooperate in making decisions based on the analysis and visualization of geospatial data. Tools to support geocollaboration can be useful in enabling an effective, collaborative geospatial decision-making process.

One approach to implementing a geocollaboration tool uses peer-peer (p2p) computing. According to a paper presented at the 2002 IEEE International Conference on System Sciences, “In the future, p2p computing and networking systems for sharing computing resources across more diverse sets of individuals and institutions will need to include more sophisticated capabilities for negotiating and managing sharable resources.”

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