Community-based production of geographic information using open source software and Web 2.0
This article presents an innovative approach to citizen-led production of Web-based geographic information where new and/or existing digital map features are linked to annotations or commentary and citizens engage in synchronous and/or asynchronous discussion. The article discusses
the relationship of the approach to public participation geographic information systems (PPGISs) and the emerging challenges associated with volunteered geographic information. A custom-developed, open source software tool named MapChat is used to facilitate the citizen inputs and discussions.
The information generated from applying the approach through a series of community workshops is presented and discussed in light of current issues in PPGIS and volunteered geographic information research.
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geographic information systems;
open source software;
public participation GIS;
volunteered geographic information
Document Type: Research Article
School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
School of Environmental Planning and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada
School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Publication date: 2010-05-01
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