12 September 2017

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor is now on the shelves

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor, a new book edited by IIASA researchers and their colleagues, has just been published.

The book focuses on some of the key issues related to the use of citizen sensors in mapping such as data quality and assurance. It outlines the role of citizen science in mapping and discusses some of the main issues surrounding the use of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in the field, which is often exempli­fied by the mapping of features in OpenStreetMap (OSM). It also elaborates the motivational factors that drive volunteer participation with some best practices from the field. In the final chapter, the authors address the increasing role of citizen sensing and discuss novel ways to involve citizens in scientific activities and policy-making.

Published by Ubiquity Press Ltd., the book compiles 16 chapters, 6 of which are co-edited by IIASA researchers Steffen Fritz, Linda See and Juan Carlos Laso Bayas. Other editors include Giles Foody (University of Nottingham), Peter Mooney (Maynooth University), Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond (Université Paris-Est), Cidalia Fonte (University of Coimbra) and Vyron Antoniou (Hellenic Military Geographical Service). 

The book is based on the work carried out by the European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action TD 1202 Mapping and the Citizen Sensor.

The book is available open source from here or can be purchased in print version.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

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Linda See

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Steffen Fritz

EOCS Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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