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Submissions/MapStory - A New Dimension to the Global Data Commons

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
MapStory: A New Dimension to the Global Data Commons
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Christopher Tucker
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
The MapStory Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
MapStory, as a compliment to Wikipedia, is a new dimension to the global data commons that empowers a global user community to organize all knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. Perhaps more important, MapStory is an infrastructure for enabling “MapStorytelling” as a means of communicating important issues to a global audience. The goal is to enable any student, teacher or practitioner on Earth to tap the power of this new mode of conveying one’s stories, arrayed across geography and as they unfold over time. MapStory will become the convening point where MapStorytellers of all kinds come to publish their expressions, and to critique each others’ MapStories, leading to a consistently accumulating and improving global body of knowledge about global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.

While the Wikimedia Foundation has at its core the “Wiki” the MapStory Foundation required spatial and temporal enablement, calling for a new breed of open source technology at its core. This presentation is about how data within the existing Wikimedia global data commons can be organized spatio-temporally, and leveraged in MapStories as sophisticated narratives that are built upon community adjudicated fact assertions.

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special request as to time of presentations
Can not present on Sunday the 15th.

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