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GeoConnections 22 June 2008

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GeoConnections is a portal to data and services designed to:

support projects that enable decision-makers to use location-based information to benefit public health, safety and security, the environment, and Aboriginal communities.

The GeoConnections program not only provides data, but offers standards and guidelines for the use and dissemination of geospatial data, having had a prominent role in the creation of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure ( see post on CGDI).

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.