Voluntary geographic information for spatial data infrastructures?
The workshop is organized by the Wageningen University and the Subcommission Geo-Information Infra-structure of the Netherlands Geodetic Commission.
Traditionally geographic data are captured by well trained specialist using state of the art technology. Recent developments like Web 2.0 platforms, GPS enabled cell phones and sensor technology make cap-turing of geographic data no longer the exclusive domain of well trained professionals, but opens new possibilities for involvement of citizens. Every human is able to capture geographic information about social and environmental phenomena. Internet provides the means to upload those observations and share it with other users. Information about places of interests, bird species, GPS tracking of bike and hik-ing routes are examples of this user generated content. The term 'Volunteered Geographic Information' (VGI) is used to describe user generated geographic information.
In this one day workshop, on the occasion of the PhD defence of Lukasz Grus, the nature, developments and challenges of voluntary geographic information will be presented. The (potential) influence of VGI on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) will be discussed.
Prof.Dr.Ir. A.K. Bregt, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Ir. W. Catstelein, Universidad Politechnica de Madrid, Spain
Prof. dr. Z. Nedovic-Budic, University College Dublin, Ireland
Nama Raj Budhathoki, University of Illinois, USA
Prof.Dr. D.J. Coleman, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Dr. K. Janssen, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Dr.Ir. R.J.A. van Lammeren, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Prof.Dr.Ir. A.K. Bregt