Geo-communication and information design
A viewpoint regarding the content architecture of geo-communication, regarding the requirements and potential for reaching agreement on case and location as the basis of decisions based on a phenomenological, communicative, semiotic and rhetorical foundation
This article is an abstract of the book 'Geo-communication and information design' (Brodersen, 2008; see the book's homepage www.geokommunikation.dk/english.htm for further information). The work involved in the book was inspired by the author's sense of wonder that there were apparently no existing theories, models etc. capable of identifying and choosing the content of information in systematic and controlled fashion with a view to achieving geo-communication – with a view to achieving agreement regarding issues and their locations. The concrete question on which the book is based is how to choose content A rather than content B in systematic and controlled fashion. The book contains a wide range of processes, procedures, factors, relations etc., all forming parts of a theory on geo-communication and information design. How do we decide whether to transmit content A or content B to another person? We make a decision. Making decisions does not normally give rise to difficulties, although a great deal of debate might occur during the decision-making process. But if the question is extended to include a demand for systematics and consciousness (control) in the procedure adopted, the whole issue becomes more complex. How do we decide to transmit content A or content B to another person on a systematic and controlled basis? The book 'Geo-communication and information design' seeks to provide an answer to this fundamental question.