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    Has OpenStreetMap a role in Digital Earth Applications?


    Mooney, Peter and Corcoran, Padraig (2014) Has OpenStreetMap a role in Digital Earth Applications? International Journal of Digital Earth. Special Issue: Digital Earth Applications: Technological design and Organisational Strategies, 7 (7). pp. 534-553. ISSN 1753-8947

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    Abstract

    Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), as a special subset of crowdsourcing, has provoked interest from many scientific disciplines and industry in the past few years. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the most famous and well supported example of a VGI project on the Internet today. As a technology, Digital Earth (DE) offers immediate access to enormous quantities of data and information, referenced by locations on the surface of the planet. One of DE’s goals is to make global spatial information ubiquitously available as an essential component of democracy. OSM’s mission is well positioned within this goal where OSM aims to create a freely available editable map database of the world. This paper explores the characteristics of the collaborative, crowd-based, editing of spatial data in OSM and the crowd itself. We provide some conclusions on how OSM can be best integrated into the fabric of DE.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2013.781688
    Keywords: OpenStreetMap; Digital Earth; volunteers; spatial data; crowdsourcing;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6580
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2013.781688
    Depositing User: Peter Mooney
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 15:28
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Digital Earth. Special Issue: Digital Earth Applications: Technological design and Organisational Strategies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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