The recent transformations intervened in cartography caused a revolution in the role of the user as an active player in producing geographic data, information and contents. The Web 2.0 offers the possibility of rediscovering geography and cartography by means of ICT as an enabler and facilitator of geographical information distribution and dissemination. During “The Researchers’ Night”, an event taking place in different European cities and many in Northeastern Italy, in Trieste’s main square ‘Piazza Unità d’Italia’ different activities took place, carried on by researchers to draw the general public’s attention towards research and science. In particular geocaching and geo-discovery activities were carried on in order to allow people enjoy and discover modern cartography by means of common use devices as smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers. Researchers and volunteers guided students and other people interested around the city, looking for treasures and geographical coordinates. Students in the morning attended a ‘geocaching event’ following a route of selected waypoints within the city, while in the afternoon people could ride a GPS-fitted e-bike around some planned routes within the city and then see their tracks downloaded and visualized into a Virtual globe or an open sources GIS package.

Caccia al tesoro, Geocaching, mappe & geografia sul tuo smartphone

BORRUSO, GIUSEPPE;MAURO, GIOVANNI
2013

Abstract

The recent transformations intervened in cartography caused a revolution in the role of the user as an active player in producing geographic data, information and contents. The Web 2.0 offers the possibility of rediscovering geography and cartography by means of ICT as an enabler and facilitator of geographical information distribution and dissemination. During “The Researchers’ Night”, an event taking place in different European cities and many in Northeastern Italy, in Trieste’s main square ‘Piazza Unità d’Italia’ different activities took place, carried on by researchers to draw the general public’s attention towards research and science. In particular geocaching and geo-discovery activities were carried on in order to allow people enjoy and discover modern cartography by means of common use devices as smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers. Researchers and volunteers guided students and other people interested around the city, looking for treasures and geographical coordinates. Students in the morning attended a ‘geocaching event’ following a route of selected waypoints within the city, while in the afternoon people could ride a GPS-fitted e-bike around some planned routes within the city and then see their tracks downloaded and visualized into a Virtual globe or an open sources GIS package.
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