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    Analysis of interaction and co-editing patterns amongst OpenStreetMap contributors

    Mooney, Peter and Corcoran, Padraig (2014) Analysis of interaction and co-editing patterns amongst OpenStreetMap contributors. Transactions in GIS, 18 (5). pp. 633-659. ISSN 1361-1682

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    OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a very well known and popular Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) project on the Internet. In January 2013 OSM gained it's one millionth registered member. Several studies have shown that only a small percentage of these registered members carry out the large majority of the mapping and map editing work. In this paper we discuss results from a social-network based analysis of seven major cities in OSM in an effort to understand if there is quantitative evidence of interaction and collaboration between OSM members in these areas. Are OSM contributors working on their own to build OSM databases in these cities or is there evidence of collaboration between OSM contributors. We find that in many cases high frequent contributors (\senior mappers") perform very large amounts of mapping work on their own but do interact (edit/update) contributions from lower frequency contributors.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12051
    Keywords: Analysis; interaction; co-editing; patterns; OpenStreetMap; contributors; Volunteered Geographic Information;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6582
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    Depositing User: Peter Mooney
    Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 16:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Transactions in GIS
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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