Let’s talk about VGI, ba-by!

[Guest post by Britta Ricker]

The next #geowebchat will be this Tuesday, October 2 at 12pm PDT (3pm EDT, 8pm BST) for one hour. You know the drill, log on to twitter during that time and search for the #geowebchat hashtag to follow along with the conversation.

In this week’s session we will discuss the diversity of VGI/citizen data. An emerging sub-literature is exploring the value in broadening existing conceptualizations of VGI, including facilitated VGI (Cinnamon & Schuurman, 2012; Seeger, 2008), harvested or ambient geospatial information (Stefanidis et al., 2011), involuntary geographic information (Fischer, 2012), hybrid authoritative/asserted data collection (Connors et al., 2012; Goodchild, 2009), and contributed geographic information (Harvey, 2013). I am interested in hearing your ideas surrounding the tensions between a purely grassroots ideal of VGI/citizen data, versus the potential presented by broader conceptualizations.

I’m excited to get the discussion rolling on Tuesday. If this session stimulates you, we (Mr. Cinnamon and I) invite you to join us at the AAG session titled “Citizen Data at a Crossroads: How should Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) be conceptualized?” and/ or submit a paper to present on this panel.

I hope you all can join the discussion on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!



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