ALPAGE: towards the setting-up of a collaborative work tool

Abstract : Based on a collaboration between historians, geographers and computer researchers, Alpage programme aims to build an historical GIS on Paris. First, we reconstruct the pre-Haussmannian Paris plan, from by georeferencing and vectorizing the islets cadastre made by P. Vasserot (1810-1836). Then, on these fundamental layers, historical information layers, as medieval and modern ones, will be built by different researchers on the basis of their own interests (churches, town walls, fiefs, parishes...). Since this tool is technologically complex and since it is intended to be a reference work for any further historical study about Paris, we must think right now to organize the further collaborative work. Access the GIS data, both to share them between different types of users and to edit new data in it, is an essential question, although often considered as trivial. Taking care of the needs and expectations of the users, webmapping might be a good solution in order to editing the geometric and attributiv data in a GIS. But today, the setting-up of this kind platform for collaborative work is still difficult and heavy. That is why, for Alpage, a temporary solution was found, revealing what organization theorists call a "community of practice" : it combines a centralized management of the references and objects identifiers via the web and a independent edition of the objects by thematicians on their own computer.
Keywords : SIG webmapping GIS Paris
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Hélène Noizet, Alain Dallo, Georges-Xavier Blary, Laurent Costa, Frédéric Pouget. ALPAGE: towards the setting-up of a collaborative work tool. Archeologia e Calcolatori, All'Insegna del giglio, 2008, 19, pp.86-95. ⟨halshs-00419707⟩

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