"I like Ed Mac Gillavry's <www.webmapper.net> definition: "an initiative
to collectively create models of real-world locations online, that
people can then access and use to virtually annotate locations in space.
The value of the annotations is determined by physical and social
proximity (expressed in distance and “degrees of separation”). Thus, the
information is not only filtered based on proximity, but also ranked
according to the trust one person has in another person through social
That seems pretty good really.
Would it cover something like this? -
The tourism office of a city council sets up a system using mobile phone
network cell boundaries to track location, and send visitors blue plaque
style famous sons/historical building notes to their phones each time
they cross into a new cell.
Murmur (http://murmurtoronto.ca/), (area) code
(http://www.areacode.org.uk/) and citypoems (www.citypoems.co.uk) [I'll
declare an interest in that one] are lo fi "collectively created"
versions of that. Do they fit?
"accessed by the most "accessible" communications technology in history,
the mobile phone...
Of the people I've met who're making mapping hacks for mobile devices,
they're doing so because they're feel like they want to, or _need to_ do
The relationship to phone companies is complicated, because only huge
corporations can afford the technological infrastructure yet mobiles are
definitely the most widely distributed communications technology in history.
Who can resist seeing what can be done with all that collectivity, but
you've got to get your hands dirty a bit because the call charges and
the bulk purchases of sms messages all line Vodaphone's pockets in the end.