Citizens as Sensors: The World of Volunteered Geography

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Map Reader
Subtitle of host publicationTheories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780470742839
StatePublished - Apr 24 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Citizens as sensors - world of volunteered geography
  • Digital divide - openness of VGI, preserve of those fortunate in accessing Internet
  • Georeferencing - GIS relying on ability to specify location on Earth's surface
  • Google Earth and Google Maps - popularizing, the term mash-up
  • Google Earth phenomenon - as 'democratisation of GIS' (Butler 2006)
  • Google Earthmash-up of Soho area of London - 1854 cholera outbreak made famous by Dr John Snow
  • OpenStreet-Map, international effort - free source of map data through volunteer effort
  • Spatial data infrastructure patchworks
  • VGI activities, creation of elaborate representations of Earth's surface
  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) - using the web to collect, and collaboratively map

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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