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: 125
EISBN13: 9781609607180|DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2010070107
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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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