Diversity in volunteered geographic information - Comparing OpenStreetMap and Wikimapia in Jerusalem

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Bittner C
Journal: Geo Journal
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publication year: 2016
ISSN: 0343-2521
eISSN: 1572-9893


Abstract


While the term “volunteered geographic

information” (VGI) has become a buzzword in

debates on the geoweb, online cartography and

digital geoinformation, the scope and reach of VGI

remains underexplored. Drawing on literature on

social implications of VGI, this article, firstly,

explores differences between VGI initiatives at the

example of a comparative case study on social biases

within data of OSM and Wikimapia in the fragmented

social setting of Jerusalem, Israel. The results

of this analysis turn out to be highly contradictive

between both projects, which challenges widely

accepted assumptions on the imprint of social

inequalities and digital divides on VGI. This observation

guides, secondly, a discussion of diversity

within the category of VGI. Arguing that mapping

communities, data formats and knowledge types

behind VGI are extremely dissimilar, the paper

proceeds by questioning the consistency and utility

of VGI as a category. Seeking for a more comprehensive

typology of VGI, Edney’s notion of

cartographic modes will be presented as an approach

towards a more contextualized understanding of VGI

projects by embracing their underlying cultural,

social and technical relations. Consequently, the

paper suggests empirical research on the cartographic

modes of a broad series of VGI projects through

qualitative and quantitative methods alike.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bittner, Christian
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)


How to cite

APA:
Bittner, C. (2016). Diversity in volunteered geographic information - Comparing OpenStreetMap and Wikimapia in Jerusalem. Geo Journal. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10708-016-9721-3

MLA:
Bittner, Christian. "Diversity in volunteered geographic information - Comparing OpenStreetMap and Wikimapia in Jerusalem." Geo Journal (2016).

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