crowdsourcing gis


Maps and Cartography

Recipes of the World on Wikia Maps.Recipes of the World on Wikia Maps.

Crowdsourced Maps With Wikia Maps

Harnessing the power of technology, crowdsourcing data and maps draws upon a large group of people from all over the globe in order to pull together ideas, content, or services, and those who take part in are mostly volunteers. A good example of geographic data crowdsourcing is OpenStreetMap, a collaborative […]

GIS Data

Map of tweets containing the word “terremoto” (Italian for “earthquake”) collected in the two minutes following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Northern Italy on May 5, 2012. The red star shows the location of the earthquake. The tweets are concentrated in the epicentral area but discussion of the earthquake has already spread beyond the impacted region. This shows the speed that USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch (TED) collects tweets to provide insight into potential earthquake events. Image Credit: USGS

Crowdsourcing with the USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey is putting out a call for citizen scientists (that means you) to help them track and gather geographic information on what is happening all around the globe. Here are the some of the most well-known USGS crowdsourcing projects.

GIS Data

Help Classify Tropical Cyclone Imagery

Help Classify Tropical Cyclone Imagery

The Cyclone Center is looking to crowdsourcing to help classify over thirty years worth of satellite imagery (represented by 300,000 satellite images).  By comparing the selected satellite with sample images, users are asked to answer questions about the type of storm they interpret on five different images.  Users are asked to […]

GIS Learning

Geospatial Redux: Free GIS eBook, Crowdsourcing Maps with USAID, Listen to Your Maps, 2012 National Geographic Bee Winner

Geospatial Redux: Free GIS eBook, Crowdsourcing Maps with USAID, Listen to Your Maps, 2012 National Geographic Bee Winner

Bing Picks Nokia Bing Maps has selected Nokia Maps as its provider for its geocoding and traffic information.  Bing Maps will now make traffic information available for 24 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, […]

GIS Data

OpenStreetMap on MapBox Streets.OpenStreetMap on MapBox Streets.

OpenStreetMap: Grassroots Mapping

OpenStreetMap was founded with the goal of creating and providing free geographic data to whoever wants it. With an army of 5,000 volunteers who hit the streets around the world with GPS units to capture street segments or who participate in applying attribute information to collected data, the project has […]

GIS Learning

Nokia’s Crowdsourcing GIS Effort

Nokia’s Crowdsourcing GIS Effort

Nokia recently launched Map Creator (in beta), tossing its hat into the crowdsourcing GIS ring.  While the announcement proclaims, “We’ve just launched Nokia Map Creator, a fun tool on maps.nokia.com that literally lets YOU map out your local neighbourhood! “, the next paragraph explains volunteer input is requested for twelve countries: Our initial […]

GIS Learning

Not your father’s approach to geodata creation and sharing

Not your father’s approach to geodata creation and sharing

What do the pundits say about crowd-sourcing GIS data and its future?  Peter Batty assembled a group of some of the loudest voices in that debate for a panel at GITA’s recent conference.  The video’s an hour and 45 minutes long but worth the watch if you’re interesting in the […]

GIS Data

Volunteered Geography

Volunteered Geography

Michael Goodchild, a professor of Geography at UC Santa Barbara, explores the historical and current trends of collaborative geographic data creation in what he terms “volunteered geography” in an article published in GeoJournal.  In dissecting this phenomenon, Goodchild seeks to answer the following questions: “what drives people to do this, how accurate […]