We research all aspects of Crowd-Sourcing from crowdsourcing technologies and techniques to evaluating the potential and quality of data derived from the crowd.
We are a member of the European funded COST Action TD1202 Mapping and the Citizen Sensor. This is a pan-European funded project that is investigating how the use of Volunteered Geographic Information, VGI, can aid the production of mapping within the COST member states from Europe and beyond. Examples of VGI range from the reporting of errors or omissions by users of existing mapping or spatial data products, to the construction of entirely new map offerings such as that created by OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org). The action has a number of objectives, one of which is to access the potential for exploiting VGI by Mapping Agencies. More information about this action can be found here: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/ict/Actions/TD1202.
We are currently investigating the capture of Vernacular Names by professionals in the course of their duties and have an active project with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Here the aim is to evaluate what names are collected and useful to the Coastguard, how accurately they are able to locate these names and whether they are able to provide a classification of the real-world object that the name (or names) is associated with.
We are also examining existing initiatives such as OpenStreetMap to see whether there are possible areas of mutual benefit. Can such initiatives help Ordnance Survey identify change? Can crowdsourcing provide additional object types and attribution, and are there reciprocal benefits that can be received by the crowd-sourcing community?
For more information:
Contact: Anne Patrick, Research Project Coordinator