WG IV/4: Collaborative Crowdsourced Cloud Mapping (C³M)

Our Mission

The members of this WG will work on the intelligent capture and integration of geospatial information and knowledge in an online collaborative environment. This involves techniques for mapping the world with newly generated content that can be contributed voluntarily or as byproducts of people’s actions and moving (GNSS tracks, social media, telecommunication, etc). It also involves collaborative architectures, data models, platforms, services and apps for data sharing, linking, visualizing, geoprocessing and decision-making. Moreover the reasons, motivations and modes of user collaboration as well as topics related to openness, ownership, privacy and trust will be investigated within the WG or by means of relationships with other Associations and Organizations.

Collectively, an enormous amount of data is captured every day and at least 80% of them are or can be georeferenced. The aim of the WG is to study how all these data can be acquired, linked, assessed and improved in their quality and used for building a Free and Open Digital Earth. The increase of humanitarian crisis in the world has resulted in more collaboration to use new technology and digital skills to coordinate response. As well, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight opportunities to incorporate satellite and geospatial programs into long term projects.

Working Group Officers:



Chair  

Maria Antonia BrovelliMaria Antonia Brovelli
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Politecnico di Milano
P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32
20133 Milan
Italy
+39 031 332 7517

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Co-Chair  

Bert VeenendaalBert Veenendaal
Department of Spatial Sciences
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA
Australia 6845
+61 8 9266 7565
+61 8 9266 2703

Co-Chair  

Heather LeasonHeather Leason
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
CrisisMappers Network

+974 33628146 mobile (Qatar)


Secretary  

Marco MinghiniMarco Minghini
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Politecnico di Milano
P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32
20133 Milan
Italy
+39 031 332 7540

Terms of Reference:

  • Design and develop collaborative geospatial environments and services for managing crowdsourced spatiotemporal data (acquiring, storing, publishing, sharing).
  • Design and develop methods (and guidelines) for assessing/improving the quality and usability of crowdsourced data (validation and verification).
  • Design and develop data and metadata models for crowdsourced data.
  • Design and develop methods (and guidelines) for integrating crowdsourced data and
    • in situ/UAV/aerial/satellite sensor data;
    • authoritative geospatial information.
  • Investigate social and organizational issues related to crowdsourcing, cloud-based geo-services, collaborative systems, participative platforms.
  • Provide guidelines and support to connect the ISPRS network to humanitarian and SDG agendas.
  • Review the scientific and technological state of art in Human-Machine Interaction.
  • Advance knowledge in Human-Machine Interaction for Participative Mapping.
  • Promote cooperation with related working groups and organizations including ISPRS WG IV/5; International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) - Commission of Spatial Information Management; GeoForAll; Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT); International Cartographic Association (ICA) - Commission on Sensor-driven mapping, Commission on Maps and the Internet, Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies; Missing Maps; Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo); OpenStreetMap (OSM) communities; crisismappers network, digital humanitarian network and Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies.
  • Promote special issues with the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information and other related journals as well as books and reports.
  • Involve master and PhD students and young researchers in a flagship initiative related to crowdsourcing (network of young volunteer mappers), coordinating this initiative with the HOT YouthMappers one.