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CyberGIS design considerations for structured participation in collaborative problem solving
New ways for elucidating concepts in geographic information science (GIScience) and implementing geographic information systems techniques using cyberinfrastructure, a research and development focus now called CyberGIS, are emerging within the GIScience community. We report on the structured participation in knowledge production as a foundation for ‘high-performance collaboration’ in geospatial problem-solving research. This article focuses on three design considerations for CyberGIS: (1) structured participation methods that underpin analytic–deliberative activities; (2) structured participation methods as a basis for facilitating scientific workflows; and (3) a design for participatory aspects of a CyberGIS environment and its end-user platform as a Gateway. The findings from previous research about participatory workflows are synthesized with challenges in current research about developing collaborative problem-solving capabilities. A CyberGIS Component Architecture is used to frame findings about the use of structured participation methods that can be organized within a modular architecture. The modular architecture enables scientific workflows through a lens of analytic–deliberative structured participation. A use case scenario elucidates functions of structured participation methods to undertake experiments using the CyberGIS Gateway. A brief treatment of implementation considerations is provided, as the details appear in a separate article. Resolving both design and implementation considerations portends innovations in structured participation methods that foster diverse and deep scientific knowledge production.
CyberGIS implementation considerations for structured participation methods in collaborative problem solving
In the age of Web 2.0, many websites support user generated content and social media integration; however, to enable collaborative problem solving in CyberGIS we must go beyond information broadcasting and provide an integrated analytic-deliberative collaboratory – an environment for high-performance collaboration. The Structured Participation Toolkit (SPT) allows structured participation methods to be seamlessly integrated into the CyberGIS Gateway to support large-scale, asynchronous participation; structured analytic-deliberation; consensus-building and decision-making; as well as to provide an open, transparent decision repository and participation metrics for reporting and analysis. The SPT is deployed as pluggable graphical user interface widgets to enable cross-platform and cross-domain communication with remotely hosted processing and persistence layers, consistent with a service-oriented architecture approach.
Nyerges, T. and M. Roderick. Foundations of Sustainability Information Representation Theory in Sustainability Information Science: Core Concepts and Methodology. The Association of American Geographers 108th Annual Meeting, April 09-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Roderick, M. and T. Nyerges. Participatory CyberGIS: Design and implementation of structured participation methods for collaborative problem-solving. The Association of American Geographers 108th Annual Meeting, April 09-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Nyerges, T. and M. Roderick. CyberGIS Development: Two Approaches to Emergency Management Innovation. The Association of American Geographers 108th Annual Meeting, February 24-28, 2012, New York City, NY, USA.
Nyerges, T. Advancing Cyberinfrastructure and GIScience: Progress and Prospects of a CyberGIS Macroscope. The Association of American Geographers 108th Annual Meeting, February 24-28, 2012, New York City, NY, USA.
Nyerges, T. Participatory Modeling Methodology: Tightening the GeoWeb Design Loop. ICA/ISPRS Joint Workshops on Our Complex World: Representation, Analysis and Modeling, August 10, 2011, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Nyerges, T. Participatory Modeling Methodology on the Geospatial Web, Department of Geography and National Center for Super Computing Applications, May 3, 2011, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Nyerges, T. Participatory Modeling Methodology: Tightening the GeoWeb Design Loop, School of Surveying, March 28, 2011, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Nyerges, T. Participatory Role-Play in Collaborative Decision Support, School of Surveying, March 24, 2011, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Nyerges, T. Participatory Geospatial Information System Architectures, School of Surveying, March 22, 2011, University of Otago, New Zealand.