Volunteered Geographic Information: Past, Present, and Future

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Esri
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Budhendra Bhaduri, Andrew Turner
Chairs: Andrew Turner


Recent advances in geospatially based mobile applications have enabled and inspired the use of geographic information in ways not previously imagined possible. Data indicating our locations, movements, behaviors, and other personal characteristics; our interactions with the community and the economy; and our exposure to environmental conditions are now contributed through our own, voluntary actions (user-generated content, VGI, crowdsourcing) or collected without our knowledge. Such data have become valuable for analyses on many topics, including transportation, hazards, health, energy, biogeography, and recreation. Geographers serving on the Geographical Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences organized this session to reflect on past and envision future trajectories of opportunities and concerns associated with these emergent data resources.

Michael Goodchild, who characterized Volunteered Geographic Information and drew attention to issues associated with this type of data, will open the session with a plenary talk. Following his talk, a series of speakers engaged in different domains of geographic research will make short presentations to illustrate emerging uses of VGI.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Marilyn Brown 10
Panelist Michael Jerrett University of California 10
Panelist Michael Widener University of Toronto 10
Introduction Michael Goodchild University of California 20
Introduction Ming-Hsiang Tsou San Diego State University 10
Panelist Yingjie Hu University At Buffalo 10

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