Interview with Dr. Johnson Quebec Geoweb Research Project


In this podcast-video, Sophia an undergraduate environmental studies student at McGill University interviews, Dr. Peter Johnson a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University about his research. Dr. Johnson draws on his work in Quebec working with several government agencies, and specifically in the rural region of Acton vale to illustrate both the challenges and opportunities of these geospatial technologies in decision-making and citizen engagement,

Interview with Pierre Beaudreau: Developing Geoweb Tools with Government


In this interview, Pierre Beaudreau a third year undergraduate in Geography discusses how municipal governments are looking to use GeoWeb tools for rural development and to increase public involvement in decision-making. Drawing from a partnership project with the rural municipality of Acton Vale, Quebec, he explains the Geoweb, its function, motivation and challenges associated with government adoption along with his own challenges in developing interactive web tools with government.

GeoWeb Summer Series 2011: Interview with Korbin daSilva


In this interview Korbin daSilva discusses his Masters research on Participatory Urban Design and how the use of 3D tools, such as his Community Design Tool can provide a way for citizens to more effectively partake in the process of designing sustainable neighborhoods through government to public participatory processes



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Here is just a rough list of references to get us started. Feel free to delete as required. My reference software doesn't seem to like including all the author names, but you get the point. Here is a link to an archive that has each as a .pdf


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Nama Budhathoki's PhD Dissertation Abstract

Nama Budhathoki recently joined the McGill node of Team 41 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. His recent dissertation abstract on VGI from his PhD dissertation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is posted below. 

Welcome Nama, we are so happy you joined our team!

Graduating student releases UNB report on volunteered geographic information

Our graduate student, Bots Sabone, has finished her Masters of Science in Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Her research was deemed of sufficient quality to be produced as a UNB technical report.

Sabone, Botshelo. 2009. Assessing Alternative Technologies for Use of Volunteered Geographic Information in Authoritative Databases. M.Sc.E. thesis, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering Technical Report No. 269, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 117 pp.

Allen presentation at GEOIDE 2009

Allen presentation at GEOIDE 2009

Transitioning To The Geoweb: The Changing Face Of Online Community Atlases, Patrick Allen, Jon Corbett This poster will present on a research project that investigates the status of online community atlases in British Columbia hosted by the Community Mapping Network (CMN). Since 1997, community atlases have been developed on the premise that emerging geographical information technologies (GIT) can facilitate participation in integrated and effective community land‐use planning and implementation. The majority of atlases on the CMN are the result of collaborative efforts involving government and non‐governmental partners. They often seek to gather and distribute land‐use related information. Using online and telephone interviews, the researchers surveyed community atlas managers and coordinators for 22 of 62 CMN hosted atlases. The survey sought to determine the current status of these atlases and gain insight into future directions for use, presentation and management of spatial data. As a sub‐component of this research, we reviewed the existing and potential role for incorporating volunteered geographic information (VGI) into existing atlases, and determine issues that might emerge relating to user engagement and the management of VGI data. Of the atlases reviewed, most are now stagnant and unused; in many cases no changes or revisions have been made in over a year. Furthermore, no evaluations have been conducted on the existing data presented. Many respondents indicate that though their initial goal of providing open access to data has been met, the limited public use of the atlases does not justify the continued time, effort and funding required to manage the atlases over the long‐term. New atlases are still being developed with an awareness of these challenges and thus are increasingly attempting to be more user‐friendly, self managed and employ low cost methods of making information available and manageable. There is a growing interest the potential of the Geoweb to integrate free and open source software into atlas design, and to include interactive tools in order to engage users in accessing and contributing their own data to the atlases. However, there does not yet appear to be clarity on the best approach or model to follow in the ever changing world of GIT.

The Socio-Economic Dimension of Neogeography ( A Framework to Evaluate VGI Initiatives)

Success of open-source software development as; Linux, consumer-driven business development E-Bay, and most recently user-developed production of knowledge base Wikipedia have inspired the specialist and the users of geospatial data and mapping.

Continuation of this success is leading the science of mapping towards new geospatial data creation and diffusion processes, like wikicarto, wikiGIS, geoblog and more generally Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). VGI is considered the newest form of Public Participation Geographic Information System (PPGIS).

Relying only on GIS experts neglects the fact that involving interested users is an important step towards open and democratic approach for PGIS. Local
people have usually better knowledge about the area of interest, which is crucial for accurate decisions.

These new ways of providing geospatial information through the Web techniques are part of Geospatial components of the Web2.0 and an example of Neogeography. Neogeography is related to people using and creating their own maps, on their own terms, by combining elements of existing toolset.

Neogeography and the GeoWeb are going to be important contributory subject matter of future network society and becoming a major issue for GIScience. Society will be benefited both socially and economically. Nothing is really known about the potential benefits. It is essential to invent a methodology for the assessment of the benefits. Currently I am doing a PhD research which will try to give a dimension of socio-economic benefits. The main research will be carried out on the field of VGI and PPGIS, an emphasis on the socio-economic evaluation of those two fields in combination with Neogeography.

I am expecting your valuable opinion and suggestions for the successful completion of my PhD research.

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