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Volunteered Geographic Information

Literature

Scholarly papers/articles:

CITIZENS AS SENSORS: THE WORLD OF VOLUNTEERED GEOGRAPHY
Author(s): Michael F. Goodchild, Director, Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Summary: Origin of the term Volunteered Geographic Information; brief reviews of OSM, Wikimapia, Google Earth, Flickr geotagging, geo mashups.
Key words/phrases: Spatial data infrastructure patchworks, Humans as sensors, Citizen science, Participant populations, Early warning, Authority and assertion
Assertion and authority: the science of user-generated geographic content
Author(s): Michael F. Goodchild, Director, Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Summary: Due to the lack of metadata, documented processes/procedures, formal peer review, accreditations, etc, VGI is deemed "asserted" information. The author examines the issue, and provides some examples of perceived errors in "authoritative" sources; additionaly he points out the appearance of authority of some sources which is not necessarily warranted.
Key words/phrases: neogeography, paleogeography, Quality and Authority, TIGER line data, Google Earth
Volunteered Geographic Information: The Nature and Motivation of Produsers
Published: International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2009, Vol. 4
Summary: "In this paper, the authors describe and classify both the types of people who volunteer geospatial information and the nature of their contributions."
Key words/phrases: volunteered geographic information (VGI), volunteers, produsers, spatial data infrastructure, crowdsourcing, urban sensing

Events

Workshop on Volunteered Geographic Information, December 13-14, 2007
Presentations
Participant List and Position Papers