Groups promoting various causes are implementing geospatial approaches and GIS related technologies.
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 […]
The Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky recently announced the formation of the New Mappings Collaboratory: “New Maps” draws upon both applied and conceptual traditions in mapping practices and mapping thought and represents a stream of scholarship focused on public engagement, “big data” and user-generated Internet content, as well […]
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a profile on University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) professor Michael Goodchild called “Inventing the Science of Geographic Information Puts a Professor on the Map“. Mr. Goodchild cemented his place in geography in 1992, when he wrote a paper proposing the creation of geographic […]
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 […]