From Mental Maps to GeoParticipation (presentation at University of Johannesburg)

Yesterday I had the privilege to present some of my research at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I am currently as a visiting scholar via the Erasmus+ programme. I lectured for about 100 undergraduates in Geography programme and my presentation dealt with history of GIS, rise of Participatory GIS and how mental maps and GeoParticipation as concepts play and important role in current crowdsourcing and citizen science.

In case somebody is interested, you can find my presentation here (From Mental Maps to GeoParticipation). The talk was partly based on my paper published in the Special Issue of the Cartographic Journal.

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Paper: GeoKey – open infrastructure for community mapping and science

Interested in Citizen Science, you probably want to read this…

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Citizen Cyberlab The special issue of the Human Computation Journal (see the details of the editorial here), summarises the result from the EU FP7 “Citizen Cyberlab” project.

One of the outcomes of the project is the development of the GeoKey platform for participatory mapping. Therefore, a paper that was written with Oliver Roick and Claire Ellul explains the background to the system and its design principles.

The abstract is:

The development of the geospatial web (GeoWeb) over the past decade opened up opportunities for collaborative mapping and large scale data collection at unprecedented scales. Projects such as OpenStreetMap, which engage hundreds of thousands of volunteers in different aspects of mapping physical and human-made objects, to eBird, which records millions of bird observations from across the globe. While these collaborative mapping efforts are impressive in their scale and reach, there is another type of mapping which is localised, frequently carried out…

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