Editorial: The rise of collaborative mapping: Trends and future directions

See, L. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2665-7065, Fritz, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0420-8549, & de Leeuw, J. (2013). Editorial: The rise of collaborative mapping: Trends and future directions. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2 (4) 955-958. 10.3390/ijgi2040955.

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The nature of map production and the dissemination of spatially referenced information have changed radically over the last decade. This change has been marked by an explosion of user generated spatial content via Web 2.0, access to a rising tide of big data streams from remotely-sensed and public data archives, and the use of mobile phones and other sensors as mapping devices. All of these developments have facilitated a much wider use of geodata, transforming ordinary citizens into neogeographers. This increase in user-generated content has resulted in a blurring of the boundaries between the traditional map producer, i.e., national mapping agencies and local authorities, and citizens as consumers of this information. Citizens now take an active role in mapping different types of features on the Earth's surface as volunteers, either by providing observations on the ground or tracing data from other sources, such as aerial photographs or satellite imagery. OpenStreetMap (OSM) and Ushahidi are two well-known examples of a growing collection of collaborative mapping communities that are building rich spatial datasets, which are openly accessible.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; 2(4):955-958 (11 October 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 05:00
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10420

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