Publication Date

12-2010

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Katie Algeo (Director), Dr. Jun Yan, Dr. Fred Siewers, Dr. Kevin Cary

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

This project laid the groundwork for an Internet-delivered Public Participation Geographic Information System to facilitate exploration and discovery of the past communities of the Mammoth Cave Park area. The emergence of Internet Web 2.0 design along with distributed GIS services allows for anyone to interact with and add to the information found on central Internet sites. Historical geography often relies upon public participation from individuals outside the academic world to provide narrative descriptions, photographs and manuscripts of past places and events to augment information held by institutions and academia. A public-participation website for the Mammoth Cave Historic GIS (MCHGIS) created a central Internet location for dispersed and disparate data related to pre-park communities to be presented with a geographic context. The MCHGIS project allowed for visualization of the pre-park communities in unique ways and contributed new understandings of this pre-park area.

Disciplines

Geographic Information Sciences | Geology