Maptagging the Cooperation Landscape, an exercise in collective visual intelligence.

By Howard Rheingold, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 11 years 27 weeks ago.

I invite our readers to help apply your collective wisdom to a project I've been working on for a long time, first by myself, then with Institute for the Future, and now with the Cooperation Commons. Help me put together two separate components that a number of people (Andrea Saveri and Kathi Vian foremost among them) have collaborated to create.

Flickr participants can attach virtual notes to specific sectors of uploaded photographs. This makes it easier to identify people, and for friends, family, communities, or networks of interested bystanders to annotate photographs. When the photograph is a large, high-resolution map, chart, or conceptual diagram, individuals can add knowledge, ask queries, initiate discussions, about specific spatial locations on the map, chart, or diagram. A company could map out the collective knowledge its employees have about the demographics and culture of its sales territory. Experts from different disciplines could tag the map of a convergent territory, and use it as a boundary object for online interdisciplinary discourse. Shoppers, archeologists,soldiers, families, municipalities, disaster and emergency responders, could use group mapping as a collective knowledge creation and consensus detecting tool. For example, the Cooperation Project has been summarizing the key works in different disciplines related to cooperation studies, and conceptually mapping technologies of cooperation. Now it is possible for members of the community of interest that is growing around cooperation studies to connect the summaries to the map. If you want to participate, join Flickr if you aren't already a member (you can get a free membership; their "Pro" membership is $25/yr). Add "Cooperation Commons" to your list of contacts, and I (Howard) will reciprocate on behalf of Cooperation Commons. You can then add notes to specific sectors of our maps, with links included in the notes, and you can add comments to the thread attached to each photo.