Design for Digital Media Environments – Participatory Culture

At our seminar today. We were introduced to Participatory Culture and defined key terms for Digital Media, particularly to the web.

We were then asked to add information on to Openstreet Map.

Openstreet Map is a collaborative projext designed to allow users to edit the map of the world. Similar to Google Maps, however Google Maps tend to only label and information on locations that are popular and known. Openstreet Map however allows users to add new information at no cost.

Below is an example of how I added information to Openstreet Map:

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I decided to search for locations in which I had been to. One of which was the Sovereign Shopping Centre at Boscombe. When I first saw the map of it, I saw a lot of details of shops in and around it and thought that it wouldn’t need any more information added. I then thought about the actual shopping centre itself and realised how the building wasn’t actually named. I then thought about how convenient it would be if a shopping centre was named as people who aren’t as familiar with the area could easily refer to it as a general shopping location rather than the specific shops within it.

Below are screenshot of a close up of the shopping centre before and after I added the information:

Before

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After

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Overall I found the task to be quite interesting as I was able to understand how these open-sourcing sites operated. It was fun to be able to input information on to the web. I believe this a great system as it allows users to interact and input information that might be more personal and helpful for them. However the downfall to open-source is that the information may be inaccurate and therefore could be misleading to the viewers.

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