2nd Crowdsourcing and National Mapping Workshop

18 January 2017

We are delighted to announce an open call for participation at the 2nd Crowdsourcing and National Mapping Workshop funded by EuroSDR which will take place in Leuven, Belgium on 3rd and 4th April 2017 (pdf). 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 citizen-based 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.

The goal of this workshop is 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 will be synthesised and summarised into a report which will be delivered to EuroSDR in May 2017 for immediate consideration for future funding of research and development projects into tackling some of these questions.

More information can be found at the following website: http://www.cs.nuim.ie/~pmooney/eurosdr2017/