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Assessing OpenStreetMap as an Open Property Map

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Abstract

Approximately 5/6th of the world’s land and property rights, restrictions and responsibilities (RRRs) are unrecorded. This applies to both the developing and developed world and suggests that a considerable gap exists in worldwide land tenure information. Crowdsourcing can be used as a methodology for addressing this information gap. This chapter investigates the potential of OpenStreetMap (OSM) as a crowdsourcing system in collecting and recording land tenure information including RRRs. The chapter uses a case study in Victoria, Australia, to investigate the quality of the current OSM data and its potential as a crowdsourced record of public properties. The chapter studies the completeness of the public property records in the OSM, and the location, shape, area and description of the existing records. The analysis concludes with a mixed result. While the results show a considerable gap in the OSM records, at same time they indicate an acceptable quality for the existing records. The paper finally discusses the potential of OSM as an Open Property Map (OPM).

Keywords

  • Openstreetmap
  • Open property map
  • VGI
  • Cadastre
  • Land
  • Property
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Victoria
  • Australia

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Kalantari, M., La, V. (2015). Assessing OpenStreetMap as an Open Property Map. In: Jokar Arsanjani, J., Zipf, A., Mooney, P., Helbich, M. (eds) OpenStreetMap in GIScience. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14280-7_13

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