Elsevier · Taylor, Lauriault: Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition · Chapter 3: Geocybernetics as a Tool for the Development of Transdisciplinary Frameworks

Chapter 3: Geocybernetics as a Tool for the Development of Transdisciplinary Frameworks

María del Carmen Reyes, Alejandra A. Lopez-Caloca, Fernando Lopez-Caloca, Rodolfo Sánchez

Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática Ing. J.L. Tamayo A.C. (CentroGeo), México

Abstract
A group of researchers in Mexico has developed over 60 applied research projects involving geomatics and society over the last 30 years. Geocybernetics and cybercartography have been key components in the successful insertion of intelligent geospatial solutions into societal environments. While the processes that drove those applied projects during the initial stages were essentially intuitive and empirical, the need to build a transdisciplinary theoretical backbone arose in order to further advance a truer understanding of geocybernetics. Therefore, an example of the processes was formalized through a conceptual modeling approach. A set of disciplines – such as territorial public policy, spatial analysis, geocybernetics, monitoring and pattern recognition – were intertwined through cognitive bridges. Taking these ideas as a point of departure, a method to build transdisciplinary frameworks in geocybernetics is explored, in which a transdisciplinary bridge is built using analogical reasoning.

Keywords: Analogical reasoning; Cybercartography; Geocybernetics; Mexico; Monitoring; Pattern recognition; Territorial public policy; Transdisciplinary reasoning.

Figure 3.1 The role of geocybernetic solutions immersed in a transdisciplinary model.