Participate When Mapping Realities

Participate When Mapping Realities

Gilbert Ahamer (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria), Thomas Jekel (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria) and Robert Vogler (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2010070107
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Abstract

Tools for recording individual perspectives of realities have long constituted the guiding theme for geographers. In this article, the “bird’s eye” view resides within the spectator of complex socio-economic realities. The cases presented in this paper show the practical contributions of IT, especially of e-learning platforms and of Geographic Information Science and Systems, in facilitating the exchange of fact-based concepts for the construction of social spaces and spaces of understanding. Societal learning can enlarge and approximate spaces of understanding. Social spaces are a type of “social capital”. Learning changes interdisciplinary realities (“n”) seen through the lenses of interculturally diverse understanding (“m”), hence it constitutes a m:n type of “mapping perceptions” that successfully facilitates consensus finding.

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