In the Web 2.0 report we published last year (What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education) we noted the importance of geo-spatial data in the development of mash-ups and we’re now planning to return to this subject with a new open call.
The growing interest in the use of geospatial and geographical information in combination with Web-based information sources and services has been driven, at least in part, by the emergence of new and low-cost technologies such as high-spec digital cameras, handheld GPS location equipment and vehicular SatNav. Alongside this, increasingly popular Web-based mapping applications and 3-D mapping tools have supported the mash-up approach. On the social science research side there have been many developments in graphical visualisation and simulation using location-based data.
After a number of discussions with experts across the education sector it is clear that this will be a complex report to commission but interested parties should have a look at the full open call, on the TechWatch website.