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Geocollaboration

  • By: Brian Tomaszewski
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Geocollaboration is collaboration among place-based subjects that is facilitated with and through geographic information and technologies. Geocollaboration is a field of study that is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating theory and methods from human-computer interaction (HCI), computer science, and psychology. Within geography, research on geocollaboration is generally situated within the realm of geographic information science (GIScience). However, it is a topic of cross-cutting relevance to geography as a whole, due to the emphasis that can be placed on either the technological aspects of geocollaboration or the relationship between geocollaboration and social mediation and/or organizational collaboration.

From the technological perspective, the development of systems to support geocollaboration primarily falls under the broader category of computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW), or the study of how people collaborate and the development ...

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