Mapping and the Citizen Sensor (Giles Foody, et al)

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Mapping and the Citizen Sensor (Giles Foody, et al)

Maps are an essential tool in a wide range of applications, from everyday tasks like route planning to the legal enclosing of areas to scientific investigations like those aiming to comprehend biodiversity and guide the creation of nature reserves for the preservation of species.

A map must accurately and promptly depict the phenomenon being mapped in order for it to be useful, which can be difficult in a dynamic environment.

Fortunately, recent developments in geoinformation technologies have considerably aided mapping efforts. As an example, satellite remote sensing today provides unmatched data collecting, and reputable mapping organizations have created mechanisms for the consistent production of maps in compliance with rigid criteria.

Up until recently, most mapping works were reserved for authorized organizations, but technological advancements have also paved the way for the growth of the amateur mapping community. The development of the citizen as a source of data has been aided by the spread of low-cost, highly mobile, location-aware devices and Web 2.0 technology.

The construction, updating, and review of maps are currently aided by the availability of huge quantities of geographical data as well as by the observations of geographic phenomena from individuals. However, worries frequently prevent these advancements from reaching their immense potential. The latter spans issues from the nature of the citizens through the way data are collected and shared to the quality and trustworthiness of the data.

This book covers some of the major concerns surrounding the use of citizen sensors for mapping. It is the result of a European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action that investigated issues related to topics like citizen motivation, data acquisition, data quality, and the use of citizen-derived data in the creation of maps that compete with and occasionally outperform maps produced by authoritative agencies.

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(September 11, 2017)
400 pages
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