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Title: Analysing commons to improve the design of volunteered geographic information repositories
Authors: Van den Berg, H
Coetzee, S
Cooper, AK
Keywords: User generated content (UGC)
Volunteered geographic information (VGI)
Wikipedia
OpenStreetMap
Commons
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Citation: Van den Berg, H, Coetzee, S, and Cooper, AK. 2011. Analysing commons to improve the design of volunteered geographic information repositories. AfricaGEO 2011. Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June 2011, pp. 12pp
Series/Report no.: Workflow;6687
Abstract: Commons are resources that belong to or affect an entire community. In a Web 2.0 environment, users interact and collaborate with each other to produce user generated content that belongs to the community, i.e. a commons. Web 2.0 implies that everyone with Internet access can join the user community. Volunteered geographic information (VGI) is a special case of user generated content. Web 2.0 technologies have enabled user generated commons, such as open source projects and Wikipedia; the former have been around since the late nineties, the latter was launched in 2001. VGI commons followed a few years later, with the advent of Google Maps, Wikimapia and OpenStreetMap. The communities that create the content, as well as the type of content, are quite different for open source projects, Web 2.0 encyclopaedias and VGI repositories; nevertheless, they share the fact that they are commons. We asked ourselves whether there is anything to be learnt for VGI repositories from the approaches, methodologies and technologies applied in open source projects and Web 2.0 encyclopaedias, which have been around for longer and have a larger user base. In this research paper we present the results of an analysis of three user generated commons: open source projects in general, Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap. The findings suggest that there are indeed approaches and technologies that could be useful for VGI repositories, and surprisingly, also technologies from the other commons that can be useful to Wikipedia.
Description: AfricaGEO 2011. Cape Town, South Africa, 31 May-2 June 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5069
ISBN: 978-0620-48428-2
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