Project Crowdsourcing and National Mapping - Phase 2

Peter Mooney, Rob Lemmens and Joep Crompvoets, "Project Crowdsourcing and National Mapping - Phase 2"

This is an exciting time in the development of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Crowdsourcing, and Citizen Participation. The
use of crowdsourced geographic information and VGI and crowdsourced spatial data and information by National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCA) and the Geomatics Industry is a very current, challenging and topical subject. Today we see very rich potential for collaboration and integration of NMCAs, the Geomatics Industry and citizenbased crowdsourcing (such as OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, Geonames, Galaxy Zoo, GeoWiki, Flickr, GeoWiki, etc). We have seen some limited examples of where collaboration and integration has happened. However, for a myriad of reasons realising this potential for collaboration is not very easy.

In April 2017, a workshop was organized to engage with stakeholders from NMCAs, the Geomatics Industry, academic research, software developers, citizens involved in geographic crowdsourcing and VGI, leaders or managers of crowdsourcing or VGI projects over 1.5 days to develop a set of the most prominent and pressing questions related to crowdsourcing and national mapping in Europe (and beyond) today. The outcomes of the workshop were synthesised and summarised into a report which were delivered to EuroSDR in May 2017 for immediate consideration for future funding of research and development projects into tackling some of these questions. 

This project is a follow-up on the joint EuroSDR/AGILE project in 2010-2013, led by Peter Mooney and Jermey Morley.