This research investigates the feasibility of web technology as a means of collaborative method to integrate rural buildings with their surroundings with a case study, Hervás (Spain). This prototype interface proposes the conceptual design of a web-based application with a help of GIS and methodological techniques which supports public participations to assist the current processes' limitations and to increase the efficiency of these processes.
The prototype of this application is dealing with three types: individually, first, a general overview area that is consisted of four sections, structured and presented in a way that improves usability and accessibility; second, a multi-criteria spatial decision support area that corresponds to the selection of location using MCE, allowing us to predict and measure users' perception and, third, an interoperable knowledge map area as being capable of tackling different facets of planning processes to provide a better way. Then, after done with the previous steps, the post-task questionnaire verifies the users’ perception of building integration within the rural landscape.
The ideas and theories discussed in this research are an introduction to issue and facilitate the conceptual framework of an interoperable web-based application to integrate of rural buildings with their surroundings, to discuss various decision alternatives and to elucidate this application's contribution.