Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in Theory and Practice

  • Daniel Sui
  • Sarah Elwood
  • Michael Goodchild

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Daniel Sui, Michael Goodchild, Sarah Elwood
    Pages 1-12
  3. Public Participation and Citizen Science

  4. Geographic Knowledge Production and Place Inference

  5. Emerging Applications and New Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Christopher Goranson, Sayone Thihalolipavan, Nicolás di Tada
      Pages 329-340
    3. Thomas Bartoschek, Carsten Keßler
      Pages 341-360
    4. Sarah Elwood, Michael F. Goodchild, Daniel Sui
      Pages 361-375
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-396

About this book


The phenomenon of volunteered geographic information is part of a profound transformation in how geographic data, information, and knowledge are produced and circulated. By situating volunteered geographic information (VGI) in the context of big-data deluge and the data-intensive inquiry, the 20 chapters in this book explore both the theories and applications of crowdsourcing for geographic knowledge production with three sections focusing on 1).  VGI, Public Participation, and Citizen Science; 2). Geographic Knowledge Production and Place Inference; and 3). Emerging Applications and New Challenges.  This book argues that future progress in VGI research depends in large part on building strong linkages with diverse geographic scholarship. Contributors of this volume situate VGI research in geography’s core concerns with space and place, and offer several ways of addressing persistent challenges of quality assurance in VGI. This book positions VGI as part of a shift toward hybrid epistemologies, and potentially a fourth paradigm of data-intensive inquiry across the sciences. It also considers the implications of VGI and the exaflood for further time-space compression and new forms, degrees of digital inequality, the renewed importance of geography, and the role of crowdsourcing for geographic knowledge production.


Conventional topographic base-mapping programs Crowd-sourced geographic information Crowdsourcing Emerging applications in VGI Exaflood Geo Web Geographic knowledge Growing digital divide K-12 Navigation map databases Neogeography Participatory mapping in China Public participation GIS (PPGIS) User-generated content VGI and Public health VGI applications VGI in education Volunteered geographic information (VGI) Web 2.0 technologies Wikipedia authorship

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Sui
    • 1
  • Sarah Elwood
    • 2
  • Michael Goodchild
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. GeographyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Dept. GeographyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.College of Letters & Science, Dept. GeographyUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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