Volunteered geographic information for building SDI

McDougall, Kevin (2009) Volunteered geographic information for building SDI. In: 2009 Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial International Conference (SSC 2009): Spatial Diversity, 28 Sep-2 Oct 2009, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

Spatial information and mapping has traditionally been captured, managed and controlled by public sector agencies. Over the past decade with the value and potential of spatial information slowly being realised, and the gradual down-sizing of government mapping agencies, the private sector has now become a significant holder of spatial information. However, the exchange mechanisms for value adding of spatial information are still only primarily one-way. A range of institutional factors still limit the potential for sharing of spatial information across governments and the private sector and hence the development of spatial data infrastructures at local and national scales. An emerging trend in the spatial information and the wider information community is the growing use of open portals to collect and share information, both spatial and non-spatial. This trend indicates an acceptance of people to engage in a discourse over the internet which effectively creates an environment for the sharing and distribution of information. Volunteered information is now being embraced by many industries including spatial information providers and distributors. The question is 'how can governments and industry effectively harness this phenomenon to improve their sharing and maintenance of spatial information?' This paper examines the motivation for sharing data through social networks and the trends in sharing data across open portals. The implications of volunteered geographic information through open portals such as Openstreetmap and Wikimapia such as data quality, ownership and liability will be discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Depositing User: Mr Kevin McDougall
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2009 01:47
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: volunteered geographic information; social networking; SDI
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080606 Global Information Systems
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5998

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