(5) New & updated case studies

The first “Crowdsourced Geographic Information Use in Government” (Haklay et al. 2014) report was aimed to fill the gap between theory and practice in governmental projects that adopt crowdsourcing techniques to address local or nationwide problems.

The research revealed that although various organisations worldwide are interested in Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) projects, they don’t utilise the experience from existing projects due to the lack of awareness and information. Thus, the main aim of the report was to analyse a significant number of case studies worldwide that have used VGI and to identify valuable outcomes that could be used as a guideline for future projects.

The report was based on a six-month study of the use of VGI by government and its target was to provide a guide for the successful implementation of VGI in governmental projects. The report reviewed 29 governmental projects in total that incorporate voluntary and crowdsourced data collection and to provide information that can be used to support the wider adoption of VGI.

The research team continues its study by this section where the old case studies with the aid of experts will be updated and new ones will be uploaded. An updated questionnaire will be also launched soon and as in the first phase of the research, experts’ contribution is crucial.

The first New and Updated Case Studies are uploaded to the blog, almost daily. The experts who have contributed in data collection and update are given in the contact point of every case study.

The list of the first updated case studies is given below:

i. Twitter use in Italian Municipalities

ii. California Roadkill Observation System (CROS)

iii. Use of Corine Land Cover in OpenStreetMap in France

iv. Humanitarian OSM Team mapping in Mongolia

v. Crowdsourcing The National Map, National Map Corps, US

vi. National Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland

vii. Flood preparedness through OpenStreetMap, Jakarta, Indonesia

viii. Portland TriMet, transportation planner, Oregon, US

ix. FixMyStreet

x. Community Mapping for Exposure in Indonesia

xi. New York City Open Data Initiative

xii. US Census Bureau – Building an OSM Community of Practice Within Government

xiii. US National Park Service – Places Project

xiv. Skandobs – The Scandinavian predator tracking system

xv. USGS ‘Did you feel it?

xvi. Imagery to the Crowd, State Department Humanitarian Information Unit, US

xviii. Mapping schools and health facilities in Kathmandu Valley

New case studies are listed below:

I. The Base Adresse National (BAN) Project

II. Citizen Science ‘Community River Monitoring Volunteer Project’ – Monitoring Sediment Movement and Blockages on Hillfoots Burns, Scotland

III. Crisis Mapping in Syria.

IV. Citizen participation in development of Urban Planning (Kirtipur, Nepal)

V.Malawi Flood Preparedness