User-Generated Terrain Information
Final rept. 15 Jun 2009-14 Dec 2012
CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA
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The project investigated novel sources of terrain information, often termed volunteered geographic information. Such information is transforming the geospatial world, providing new sources that are in many cases more timely and accurate than traditional, authoritative sources. Specific areas of focus during the project included assurance of data quality, impacts on traditional production methods, new approaches to terrain-type classification, and the relative importance of space, defined by measured coordinates, and place, defined by commonly used names. The project resulted in several papers in refereed journals, a major edited book, presentations at many conferences, and a series of workshops at conferences. Research interest in this area is growing, and the general public is becoming substantially more engaged with both the use and production of terrain information.
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