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Title:Reconceptualizing the role of the user of spatial data infrastructure
Author(s):Budhathoki, Nama R.; Bruce, Bertram C.; Nedovic-Budic, Zorica
Subject(s):spatial data infrastructure
volunteered geographic information
participatory design
Abstract:Spatial data infrastructures, which are Internet-based mechanisms for the coordinated production, discovery, and use of geospatial information in the digital environment, have diffused worldwide in the last two decades. Currently, there are about one hundred spatial data infrastructures at the national level and many others at supra- and sub-national levels. These contemporary spatial data infrastructures operate with two main assumptions: formal organizations are the producers and suppliers of geospatial information; users are the passive recipients of information. The recent phenomenon of volunteered geographic information departs from these assumptions. In this paper, we argue that reconceptualizing the user of a spatial data infrastructure can accommodate this new phenomenon. Such a reconceptualization creates a middle ground between spatial data infrastructure and volunteered geographic information, which has important implications for future research.
Issue Date:2008
Citation Info:Budhathoki, Nama R.; Bruce, Bertram C.; & Nedovic-Budic, Zorica (2008, August). Reconceptualizing the role of the user of spatial data infrastructures. GeoJournal: An International Journal on Geography, special issue on Volunteered Geographic Information, 72(3-4), 149-160.
Series/Report:GeoJournal: An International Journal on Geography
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-07

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