The Implications of Contributing Open Aerial Data Through the Use of Drones

Authors: Veronika Jorz*, University of Waterloo
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Remote Sensing
Keywords: UAS, UAV, drones, aerial imagery, Open Data
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Harding, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Drones are increasing in popularity in recent years as they are becoming less expensive and more available on the global market. Their use is diversifying the way in which data, particularly aerial imagery, can be captured and recorded. The high resolution images from drone cameras offer a less expensive alternative to satellite imagery. They also allow people to collect and share their own data. In light of this, the creation of an open aerial image repository could be particularly useful. If there were many users contributing data on a regular basis, such a repository could be a source of current, high resolution aerial imagery that would be available free of cost. It could possess a lot of potential, especially if there was a way to collect all that information in a uniform format and stitch it together on the same map. It would allow for the creation of an up-to-date dataset of high resolution aerial images for the entire world. This paper seeks to assess the potential for creating such an open aerial data repository as well as examine the benefits and challenges presented by volunteered open aerial imagery. This research undertakes a qualitative approach that integrates stakeholder views on the value of open aerial imagery both for businesses as well as other non-governmental organizations. It focuses specifically on determining the practicality of using drones to contribute to an open aerial image repository. The project thus assesses the potential benefits and challenges of user-contributed aerial imagery.

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