Thursday, November 19, 2009

Neogeography - Andrew Turner @ UVA GIS Day

The GIS Day audience at the University of Virginia enjoyed a talk by Andrew Turner entitled “Neogeography: from Tower to Town Hall”. The talk focused on the ways web maps, mobile devices, and open source data and applications are being used by the "crowd" in efforts such as OpenStreetMap. Andrew touched upon the opportunities for greater transparency, participation and collaboration provided by neogoegraphy (the use of geospatial tools by non-experts), as well as the challenges of data licensing and metadata. There was some lively discussion of the political and cultural issues that can arise with crowd-sourced maps (e.g. Cyprus, Gaza Strip, Kashmir). You can find out more about Andrew's work at his blog or at GeoCommons where he serves as CTO.

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