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OpenStreetMap data quality enrichment through awareness raising and collective action tools—experiences from a European project

Francis, L; Mobasheri, A; Zipf, A; (2018) OpenStreetMap data quality enrichment through awareness raising and collective action tools—experiences from a European project. Geo-Spatial Information Science , 21 (3) pp. 234-246. 10.1080/10095020.2018.1493817. Green open access

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Abstract

Nowadays, several research projects show interest in employing volunteered geographic information (VGI) to improve their systems through using up-to-date and detailed data. The European project CAP4Access is one of the successful examples of such international-wide research projects that aims to improve the accessibility of people with restricted mobility using crowdsourced data. In this project, OpenStreetMap (OSM) is used to extend OpenRouteService, a well-known routing platform. However, a basic challenge that this project tackled was the incompleteness of OSM data with regards to certain information that is required for wheelchair accessibility (e.g. sidewalk information, kerb data, etc.). In this article, we present the results of initial assessment of sidewalk data in OSM at the beginning of the project as well as our approach in awareness raising and using tools for tagging accessibility data into OSM database for enriching the sidewalk data completeness. Several experiments have been carried out in different European cities, and discussion on the results of the experiments as well as the lessons learned are provided. The lessons learned provide recommendations that help in organizing better mapping party events in the future. We conclude by reporting on how and to what extent the OSM sidewalk data completeness in these study areas have benefited from the mapping parties by the end of the project.

Type: Article
Title: OpenStreetMap data quality enrichment through awareness raising and collective action tools—experiences from a European project
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10095020.2018.1493817
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10095020.2018.1493817
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Accessibility, OpenStreetMap (OSM), Data quality, Data completeness,, Sidewalk, Wheel map
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057176
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