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Mapping for the Masses Accessing Web 2.0 Through Crowdsourcing

Hudson-Smith, A; Batty, M; Crooks, A; Milton, R; (2009) Mapping for the Masses Accessing Web 2.0 Through Crowdsourcing. SOC SCI COMPUT REV , 27 (4) 524 - 538. 10.1177/0894439309332299.

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Abstract

The authors describe how we are harnessing the power of web 2.0 technologies to create new approaches to collecting, mapping, and sharing geocoded data. The authors begin with GMapCreator that lets users fashion new maps using Google Maps as a base. The authors then describe MapTube that enables users to archive maps and demonstrate how it can be used in a variety of contexts to share map information, to put existing maps into a form that can be shared, and to create new maps from the bottom-up using a combination of crowdcasting, crowdsourcing, and traditional broadcasting. The authors conclude by arguing that such tools are helping to define a neogeography that is essentially "mapping for the masses,'' while noting that there are many issues of quality, accuracy, copyright, and trust that will influence the impact of these tools on map-based communication.

Type: Article
Title: Mapping for the Masses Accessing Web 2.0 Through Crowdsourcing
DOI: 10.1177/0894439309332299
Keywords: network economies, web-based services, map mashups, crowdsourcing, crowdcasting, online GIS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/177596
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