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Arno Scharl, Klaus Tochtermann (Eds.): The Geospatial Web - How
Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network
Society. Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series. London:
Springer (2007).

With a Foreword by Patrick J. Hogan, Program Manager of NASA World Wind

The Geospatial Web will have a profound impact on managing knowledge,
structuring workflows within and across organizations, and communicating
with like-minded individuals in virtual communities. The enabling
technologies for the Geospatial Web are geobrowsers such as NASA World
Wind, Google Earth and Microsoft Live Local 3D. These three-dimensional
platforms not only reveal the geographic distribution of Web resources and
services, but also bring together people of similar interests, browsing
behavior, or geographic location.

This edited volume summarizes the latest research on the Geoweb’s
technical foundations, describes collaborative tools built on top of
geobrowsers, and investigates the environmental, social and economic
impacts of geospatial applications. The role of contextual knowledge in
shaping the emerging network society deserves particular attention. By
integrating geospatial and semantic technology, such contextual knowledge
can be extracted automatically - for example, when processing Web
documents to identify relevant content for customized news services.

The book's Web site at provides the table of
contents, preface and foreword, author biographies, 25 abstracts and a
sample chapter on "Media Platforms for Managing Geotagged Knowledge

Kind regards, Arno Scharl & Klaus Tochtermann

Prof. Arno Scharl
Know-Center & Graz University of Technology
Inffeldgasse 21a, A-8010 Graz, Austria
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