The potential of citizen volunteered spatial information for building SDI

McDougall, Kevin (2009) The potential of citizen volunteered spatial information for building SDI. In: GSDI 11 World Conference: Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges, 15-19 June 2009, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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The majority of 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 mechanisms for the value- adding of spatial information are generally limited to one-way data flows and the creation of new silos within the private sector. 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 sub-national scales.

An emerging trend in the wider information community is the growing use of open portals to collect and share information, both spatial and non-spatial. Shared information portals such as Facebook and Myspace, provide a mechanism for individuals to participate in information sharing and construction of social networks. 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, although only a relatively recent phenomena, 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 issues associated with the utilisation of volunteered spatial information such as data quality, ownership and liability will be discussed. Finally, strategies for government and industry to harness citizen volunteered spatial information for building SDI are explored.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unpublished.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2009 04:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: volunteered spatial information, social networking, SDI
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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