Citizen-Driven Geographic Information Science

Thomas J. Lampoltshammer, Johannes Scholz

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This chapter shows how global environmental changes put society in front of new challenges, and how immediate and intense actions have to be undertaken in order to foster necessary progress in global sustainability research. The technological infrastructure has reached a status of ubiquitous computing and virtually unlimited data availability. Yet, the dynamic nature of the global environment makes continuous and in-situ monitoring challenging. Citizen-driven geographic information science can bridge this gap by building on inputs, observations, and the wisdom of the crowd, represented by the citizens themselves. This chapter argues for the important role of citizen science in geographic information science, presents its position in current research, and discusses future potential research streams, based on the participation by and collaboration with citizens. In particular, the chapter sheds light on three major pillars of the future of citizen-driven geographic information science, namely: big geo-data; education; and open science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnalyzing the Role of Citizen Science in Modern Research
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781522509639
ISBN (Print)9781522509622
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Geographic Information Science
  • citizen driven

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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