Collaborative mapping: flirting with the music industry

A session at 45th Annual Society of Cartographers Summer School

Tuesday 8th September, 2009

10:00am to 10:00am (GMT)

Crowdsourcing, outsourcing a task traditionally performed by an employee or contractor to a community, can be used to complete a variety of projects, for example to help capture, systematise or analyse large amounts of data. This content created by a community of users is typically referred to as “user-generated content” or “volunteered geographic information” (VGI) in case of geographically referenced content. In an interview a few years ago, Ed Parsons argued that the music industry provides important lessons for understanding how new technologies and the Web are changing consumer attitudes towards digital content, and that their experience may just as well apply to geographic information. Building on his argumentation, a model to evaluate crowdsourcing will be explored and then applied to several music websites to identify key aspects that contribute to their success in engaging the community. This model together with the identified key aspects will be subsequently used as a framework to assess the success of various non-profit and commercial collaborative mapping initiatives such as OpenStreetMap, Google Map Maker, and TomTom Map Share and to look at ways to improve upon their current project organisation or management to prepare for the road ahead.

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Edward Mac Gillavry

consultant and developer @webmappery | online mapping | web cartography | open source | utrecht bio from Twitter

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Time 10:00am10:00am GMT

Date Tue 8th September 2009

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