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International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research 18 June 2008

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ISSN 1725-0463

The International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research is a peer-reviewed “gold” OA journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It’s aim is “to further the scientific endeavor underpinning the development, implementation and use of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). These are defined as frameworks of technologies, data, policies, institutional arrangements, and people aimed at increasing the availability, understanding, and use of spatial data and services to support policy, business, research, and society at large.”

Sample article: Goodchild, Michael F. (2007). Citizens as voluntary sensors: spatial data infrastructure in the world of Web 2.0. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2, 24-32. Retrieved June 11, 2008.

Michael F. Goodchild is a well known and respected academic in the geography field, and Professor and Chair of the National Center for Geographic Analysis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In keeping with the OA model it has been published under, this paper explores the potential of volunteered geographic information (VGI) for filling a potential gap between traditional mapping and remote sensing in the acquisition of geographic information.

And for balance, here is a blog arguing against the idea of VGI.

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ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 18 June 2008

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ISSN 1492-9732

ACME is “an on-line international journal for critical and radical analyses of the social, the spatial and the political. The journal’s purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical and radical work about space in the social sciences – including anarchist, anti-racist, environmentalist, feminist, marxist, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist and socialist perspectives.”

Sample article: Crampton, Jeremy W. & Krygier, John. (2006). An introduction to critical cartography. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 4 (1), 11-33.

This journal is a departure from most of the material you will find access to on this site, but it may be of interest to those researching human geography and the intersection between theoretical social critique and geography.