Overview

Whitepoint is a new way of seeing and navigating the world. Rather than using a paper map to learn your way around a place, the Whitepoint framework enables information to be more readily available and helps users understand the connections between places, things, people, and ideas.

Imagine you want to find a specific painting in a museum. Using Whitepoint, you could not only more easily locate the painting, you could learn more about the artist, his other works, and find what others have to say about this particular work. If you're actually using Whitepoint at the museum, you could even find the quickest way to the gift shop from there.

Scape vs Site

A Whitepoint Site is a physical location that has a scape associated with it. For example, your family is driving and looking for a shopping mall. Using Whitepoint, you find that a nearby mall is a Whitepoint site. They have a scape that you can use to explore the mall before actually going there.

A scape on the other hand is a representation in Whitepoint of a subject: any physical location, object, thing, person, or concept. An author is one who constructs a scape. So, in our example, the author would construct a scape based on images and information about the subject, the shopping mall.

Fixed Physical Locations . . . Or Not

Subjects may have fixed physical locations, or not. A shopping mall is an example of a subject that has a fixed physical location. However, if someone wanted to author a scape with an airplane as the subject, there would be no fixed physical location. Therefore, there is no street address provided by the author. If one wanted to visit this airplane scape, it could be found based on a keyword search, but it wouldn't be found based on searching for Whitepoint sites nearby.

Viewing a Scape

Scapes are viewed using the Whitepoint mobile app. You can discover scapes in several ways. Often, a scape's owner will simply provide a Scape ID for you to use to locate and login. You will probably access most scapes by first going to the "Visit a Scape" menu option in the app's main screen.

A public scape doesn't require a password. A private scape does require a password to access and view.