Best Paper Award:
Using Social Media to Find Places of Interest: A Case Study in London
Steven Van Canneyt, Steven Schockaert, Olivier Van Laere and Bart Dhoedt

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:30: Session 1 – Keynote

Volunteered Geographic Information: Paths toward Authority
Don Cooke, ESRI

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30: Session 2 – Data Mining User-Generated Content

Using Social Media to Find Places of Interest: A Case Study in London
Steven Van Canneyt, Steven Schockaert, Olivier Van Laere and Bart Dhoedt

Analysis of User Mobility Data Sources for Multi-User Context Modeling
Paras Mehta and Agnès Voisard

Constructing places from spatial footprints
Linna Li and Michael F. Goodchild

Using Social Media for Collaborative Species identification and Occurrence: Issues, Methods, and Tools
Dongpo Deng, Guan-Shuo Mai, Cheng-Hsin Hsu, Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Te-En Lin, Hsu-Hong Lin, Kwang-Tsao Shao, Rob Lemmens and Menno-Jan Kraak

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Session 3 – Qualitative and Semantic Data

How People Describe their Place: Identifying Predominant Types of Place Descriptions
Daniela Richter, Kai-Florian Richter, Stephan Winter and Lesley Stirling

Matching GeoSpatial Information By Qualitative Spatial Relations
Rami Al-Salman, Frank Dylla and Paolo Fogliaroni

Spatial Interpretations of Preposition “at”
Maria Vasardani, Stephan Winter, Kai-Florian Richter, Lesley Stirling and Daniela Richter

A Semantic Web based Gazetteer Model for VGI
Kate Beard

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30: Session 4: Tools, Models, and Privacy

wq: A modular framework for collecting, storing, and utilizing experiential VGI
S. Andrew Sheppard

Models for Professional Cyclic Activities in VGI with a Case in Coffee Farming
Clarisse Kagoyire and Rolf De By

Spatial Knowledge Interchange Environment: leveraging Web 2.0 technologies to breach the knowledge divide in agricultural development
Tricia Melville and Orrette Baker

Privacy-aware geolocation interfaces for volonteered geography: a case study
Maria Luisa Damiani and Colette Cuijpers

17:30 – 17:45: Concluding Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Don Cooke, ESRI, Product Manager of ESRI’s Community Maps Program

Volunteered Geographic Information: Paths toward Authority

Abstract: Crowdsourced information in the form of Wikipedia has displaced the Encyclopedia Britannica as the authoritative source of knowledge about the universe and humankind. Can the same be done for Cartography? Will open-source maps ever surpass efforts by Rand McNally, Bartholomew, Michelin and National Mapping Agencies? The answer is complicated, largely because there are so many different kinds of maps and spatial information serving a variety of purposes. This presentation will review and criticize current VGI activities by OSM, TomTom, Google and others in an attempt to identify nuggets of good practice within the triumphs and mistakes of various practitioners over the brief history of this endeavor.

About Don Cooke:
Donald Cooke is Product Manager, Community Maps, at Esri in Redlands. He has worked with digital mapping and geospatial technologies for 45 years, starting as a researcher in the New Haven Census Use Study. Don was a key member in the Use Study team that developed the Dual Independent Map Encoding (DIME) method of encoding street maps. The DIME innovation led directly to the nationwide Census Bureau TIGER files which constitute the most complete nationwide public domain street database in the world. Don has started three companies based on the Census experience. The first, co-founded in 1968 with two other Use Study researchers, was Urban Data Processing, now Harte Hanks Data Technologies. In 1980, Don founded Geographic Data Technology, the first private company to produce and license digital maps as a product. GDT was a major contractor to the Census Bureau in creating the TIGER database; in 2004 Tele Atlas bought GDT for $100,000,000.

At GDT and Tele Atlas, Don served in many roles, most recently that of Chief Scientist. In the 1990s he performed pioneering work on GPS and digital map accuracy and was first to adapt the new Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) map standard, NSSDA (National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy) to digital street maps. A recent Tele Atlas project determined accuracy of consumer GPS units to prove the viability of crowdsourcing road alignments for personal navigation devices.

Don has written a wide range of publications, ranging from monthly columns in GIS magazines to a book “Fun with GPS”, published by ESRI Press. He was a member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy of Science in the early 1990s and currently serves as a member of the NAS Panel to Review the 2010 Census. In 2007 he received the ESRI Lifetime Achievement award to complement URISA’s Horwood award and election to the URISA Hall of Fame. He is a 1967 graduate of Yale and studied Civil Engineering Systems at MIT.