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Contributors of Volunteered Geographic World: Motivation behind Contribution. “Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic data provided voluntarily by individuals.” (Goodchild, 2007) Group 2 Ankita Agrawal Rupa Tiwari.

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Contributors of volunteered geographic world motivation behind contribution

Contributors of Volunteered Geographic World: Motivation behind Contribution

“Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic data provided voluntarily by individuals.” (Goodchild, 2007)

Group 2

Ankita Agrawal

Rupa Tiwari


behind ContributionThese are just a few examples of a phenomenon that has taken the world of geographic information by storm and has the potential to redefine the traditional roles of mapping agencies and companies." – GoodchildExamples include WikiMapia, OpenStreetMap, GISCorps, Gypsii, Google Earth, Cyclopath etc.


Problem motivation
Problem Motivation behind Contribution

Motivation behind VGI….

  • There’s a new road that we don’t have in GPS. “A new route” !

  • Governments are reluctant to pay for increasing costs of mapping.

  • Developing countries do not have digital street map.

  • Disaster Management

    Motivation behind contributors…

  • Helps in designing VGI project in better and appealing way.

  • Need for new volunteers and retain existing ones.

  • Decreasing pool of volunteers [Independent Sector, 2001]

  • Problems in volunteer’s retention to an organization [Bussel & Forbes 2002].


Ushahidi com
Ushahidi.com behind Contribution


“The open source behind ContributionOpen Street Map (OSM) project plans to lend its support by calling for volunteers to update its maps of Chile on the basis of the latest satellite images. This will assist orientation and coordination of aid teams in Chile.”


Problem statement
Problem Statement behind Contribution

Given

A set of VGI projects and spatial volunteers

Find

A ranked list of motivations factors behind volunteerism activity of volunteers

Objective

Better design of future VGI projects and improvement of existing VGI projects by eradicating volunteer motivation issues or problems.

Constraints

To find a complete and correct list with proper ranking of motivational factors.


Proposed solution
Proposed Solution behind Contribution

Methodology Applied

  • Humans will be subject of research.

  • Design of questionnaire.

  • Review and revision of questionnaire

  • Questionnaire will be presented as web survey.

  • Collected results would be analyzed.

  • Result analysis would lead to the ranked list of motivational factors and comparison with already identified volunteer motivation factors.

    Innovativeness

  • Previous research [by Snyder & Clary]were done in 90’s. Till then there is change in economy and availability of technology.

  • The data is collected entirely from spatial volunteers.

  • Goodchild has not mentioned any experimental approach to evaluate reasons behind motivation.


Next steps
Next Steps behind Contribution

  • Pilot study of questionnaire.

  • Approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • Publish questionnaire.

  • Data preprocessing.

  • Explore data mining techniques

  • Explore statistical techniques

  • Analyze results.


Thanks ! behind Contribution


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