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Experiences with Citizen-Sourced VGI in Challenging Circumstances

Lookup NU author(s): Mustafa Hameed, Dr David Fairbairn, Dr Suzanne Speak



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


The article explores the process of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) collection by assessing the relative usability and accuracy of a range of different methods (smartphone GPS, tablet, and analogue maps) for data collection among different demographic and educational groups, and in different geographical contexts within a study area. Assessments are made of positional accuracy, completeness, and the experiences of citizen data collectors with reference to the official cadastral data and the land administration system. Ownership data were validated by crowd agreement. The outcomes of this research show the varying effects of volunteers, data collection method, geographical area, and application field, on geospatial data handling in the VGI arena. An overview of the many issues affecting the development and implementation of VGI projects is included. These are focused on the specific example of VGI data handling presented here: a case study area where instability and lack of resources are found alongside strong communities and a pressing need for more robust and effective official structures. The chosen example relates to the administration of land in an area of Iraq.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hameed M, Fairbairn D, Speak S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Geographic Information

Year: 2017

Volume: 6

Issue: 12

Online publication date: 26/11/2017

Acceptance date: 22/11/2017

Date deposited: 05/12/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2220-9964

Publisher: MDPIAG


DOI: 10.3390/ijgi6120385


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