D4DME – Participatory Culture (Part Two)

To show the collaborative nature of UGC platforms, let’s take a look at one of the additions I made to Open Street Maps a couple of days later. As someone who had never used the site before, I made a few silly mistakes with my additions such as not using the correct tags for buildings and naming them a bit too generically, (I also just labelled the car park ‘parking’ rather than using the actual parking object. Oops).

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Screenshot of Open Street Maps

Another user was able to correct my mistakes and update the two objects on the map before telling me about the changes they had made. This is a good example for why participatory culture is so important for new media, as it creates a level playing field where all participants have equal control over their work and can assist each other where necessary.

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