What is it about?

This paper explores how crowdsourced data describing the world around us is used by real people. Here, we show that event the best trained professionals in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) rate crowdsourced data highly, as high in fact as their own professionally created data! This crowdsourced data (or Volunteered Geographic Information, VGI) is most helpful when the environment changes often, say shops on a hughstreet as opposed to a 1 million year old mountain.

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Why is it important?

This paper is the first academic work to prove that crowdsourced information should be fully embraced by professionals and amateurs alike!

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This work forms the central underpinning of my research on how people interact with crowd sourced information. Without this paper, I couldn't have proved that crowdsourcing is essential in creating services that address issues in society where the subject alters frequently (e.g. transport systems) yet there is limited financial incentive for companies to get involved.

Dr Christopher J. Parker
Loughborough University

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This page is a summary of: Understanding Design with VGI using an Information Relevance Framework, Transactions in GIS, August 2012, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9671.2012.01302.x.
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