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'The Map is the Debate': Radiation Webmapping and Public Involvement During the Fukushima Issue

Plantin, Jean - Christophe (2011) 'The Map is the Debate': Radiation Webmapping and Public Involvement During the Fukushima Issue. pp. 1-16. In: Proceedings of the A DECADE IN INTERNET TIME: OII SYMPOSIUM ON THE DYNAMICS OF THE INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 21 September - 24 September 2011, University of Southampton.

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Official URL: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1926276

Abstract

This article explores how mapping mashup can trigger and shape the public involvement during an online controversy. It suggests to depart from merely focusing on the maps’ impact to rather analyse their specific affordances in shaping the public engagement. This interrelation between maps and public can be analysed in the online debate about radiation levels in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear event in March 2011: various maps were created in order to provide alternative views of the radiation situation. This case study provides the opportunity to analyse how citizens gathered online to fulfill the various steps in radiation mapmaking; the various steps in this process were reconstituted by interviewing the main actors and by using a Web Crawler. Once this interrelation between the public and maps is clarified, the affordances of mapping mashup are characterized by their belonging to digital culture.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:A DECADE IN INTERNET TIME: OII SYMPOSIUM ON THE DYNAMICS OF THE INTERNET AND SOCIETY
Subjects:WS3 Web Engineering
ID Code:663
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:26 Sep 2011 12:04
Last Modified:26 Sep 2011 12:04

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