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Towards a Conceptual Framework for WikiGIS

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Centre de Recherche en Géomatique, Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault, Université Laval, 1055, avenue du Séminaire, Québec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Future Internet 2014, 6(4), 640-672; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi6040640
Received: 21 March 2014 / Revised: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 August 2014 / Published: 29 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NeoGeography and WikiPlanning 2014)
As an emerging complex concept, GeoDesign requires an innovative theoretical basis, tools, supports and practices. For this reason, we propose a new concept, “WikiGIS”, designed to answer some dimensions of the GeoDesign process. WikiGIS focuses on the needs of GeoDesign, but we leave the door open for future improvement when tested in other areas that may have additional needs. WikiGIS is built on Web 2.0 technologies—and primarily on wiki—to manage the tracking of participants’ editing (i.e., managing the contributions history). It also offers GIS functions for geoprocessing and a design-based approach for sketching proposals. One of the main strengths of WikiGIS is its ability to manage the traceability of contributions with an easy and dynamical access, data quality and deltification. The core of this paper consists of presenting a conceptual framework for WikiGIS using UML diagrams. A user interface is presented later to show how our WikiGIS proposal works. This interface is simply a means to illustrate the concepts underlying WikiGIS. View Full-Text
Keywords: WikiGIS; tracking of participants’ editing; quality; versioning; deltification; history WikiGIS; tracking of participants’ editing; quality; versioning; deltification; history
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Batita, W.; Roche, S.; Bédard, Y.; Caron, C. Towards a Conceptual Framework for WikiGIS. Future Internet 2014, 6, 640-672.

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