Use Location-based System for Social and Cultural Integration Platform
The recent trend in participatory usages of the Web introduces a system-level service as the basic platform. Instead of transaction–focused top-down business process, these new platforms allow users to develop their applications. Among the social and cultural online information systems, location-based system is gaining popularity in integrating events and activities associated with social, cultural and historical artifacts. The unique feature in location-based system is a layered structure that can be used to categorize group events, activities or associations. In this paper, we will discuss how college students utilize geographical information system to integrate social, cultural and historical activities in their community service course work for seemingly very different organizations. We will discuss advantages and issues in such open platform for user developing applications. Special concerns in using geographical information system for social and cultural integration will be highlighted in the paper.
Keywords: Location-based System, Integration Platform, Social, Cultural and Historical Artifacts
Dr. Hsui-lin Winkler
Associate Professor, Dept. of Information Systems, Pace University