Geocrowdsourcing CitizenScience FOSS4G

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Welcome to the GeoForAll VGI, Geocrowdsourcing, Citizen Science and FOSS4G page - GeoForAll GeoCrowd

GeoForAll GeoCrowd will be a central repository for tools, links, systems, ideas, papers and other materials related to the exciting and fast moving domain of Volunteered Geographic Information, Geocrowdsourcing and Citizen Science. Of particular interest are VGI, Geocrowdsourcing and Citizen Science projects or examples which use Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics (FOSS4G). Essentially The GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme will attempt to answer the challenge of demonstrating and documenting how citizens (arranged in small groups, large groups or large geographically dispersed crowds) are generating, collecting, analysing, researching, managing geographic data and information. How are FOSS4G software technologies being utilised? Are citizens generating (and consuming) Open Data?

The citizen now has immense power to make a change and make a contribution to their society and a sustainable future in a natural environment protected and enhanced for this generation and those yet to come.

In summary the GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme is:

  • Chaired by: Peter Mooney (Ireland) and Maria Brovelli (Italy)
  • How do I become involved? Anyone interested in being part of this theme, subscribe here Your participation is appreciated and needed! All ideas are welcome. All material posted will be helpful. If you would like to edit this Wiki page you shall need to create an account on OSGeo to give you access to Wiki editing.
  • We can be most successful with this theme if we are all happy to support the 'VGI, Geocrowdsourcing, Citizen Science and FOSS4G Guiding Principles:'
    • All material created is made available for everyone's use under an Open License
    • All material is carefully designed so that it can be extended by others
    • All participants aim to reuse, optimize, extend and add new components and information (in that order)
    • All members and participants of the theme will endeavor to keep the links and material on this Wiki page checked regularly so that broken links or changes can be detected quickly and rectified.

Who's Who Here in the GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme?

In this section we will maintain a list of people who are interested in the GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme. If you want to participate by collecting information, maintaining the page, posting ideas, links, materials, etc please add yourself to this page. This is very important to allow us to build an online community of people who are working and thinking together under the GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme.

To keep things brief please provide three pieces of information: (1) your name - you can hyperlink to your online profile page such as your homepage once it is openly accessible, (2) your current occupation, job or position and (3) one line describing your interest in the GeoForAll GeoCrowd theme.

  1. Peter Mooney
    1. Lecturer and Researcher - Maynooth University Ireland
    2. I have been working with VGI and Citizen Science for almost 10 years. I want to help citizens become involved in VGI and Citizens while spreading the messages of geocrowdsourcing, open data and FOSS4G.
  1. Maria Brovelli
    1. Full Professor of GIS - Politecnico di Milano Italy
    2. VGI, Geocrowdsourcing and Citizen Science are themes I have been intersting and working since many years. I strongly believe thet while in the past cartographers and geographers helped in discovering new worlds, now our challenge is to rediscover our common world with new augmented eyes of environmental-social-economic equity, sustainability and participation. On this purpose the synergy people-FOSS4G plays a vital role.

GeoForAll GeoCrowd 'Links to VGI, Geocrowdsourcing, Citizen Science and FOSS4G'

  1. Skandobs The Scandinavian tracking system for lynx, wolverine, brown bear and wolf (checked August 2015)
  2. OpenTreeMap OpenTreeMap is a collaborative platform for crowdsourced tree inventory, ecosystem services calculations, urban forestry analysis, and community engagement.(checked August 2015)
  3. Philly Tree Map PhillyTreeMap is a web-based map database of trees in the greater Philadelphia region. The wiki-style database enables non-profits, government, volunteer organizations, and the general public to collaboratively create an accurate and informative inventory of the trees in their communities.
  4. Ireland's version of - Allow citizens to report, view or discuss local problems (like graffiti, dumping, broken pavements or street lighting)
  5. Mapping for Change Mapping for Change works with groups and organisations who want to understand, improve and produce information about the places that matter to them.
  6. mPing The United States' NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called mPING which stands for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground.
  7. EveryAware Enhance Environmental Awarness through Social Information Technologies. All the software and the hardware developed in the framework of the EveryAware project are open and available for download.
  8. Nature's Notebook Nature's Notebook is a national online program where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making.