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CS Projects Involving Geoinformatics: A Survey of Implementation Approaches

Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, National Research Council of Italy, Via Bassini 15, I-20133 Milano, Italy
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(8), 312;
Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 June 2018 / Published: 2 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoinformatics in Citizen Science)
In the last decade, citizen science (CS) has seen a renewed interest from both traditional science and the lay public as testified by a wide number of initiatives, projects, and dedicated technological applications. One of the main reasons for this renewed interest lies in the fact that the ways in which citizen science projects are designed and managed have been significantly improved by the recent advancements in information and communications technologies (ICT), especially in the field of geoinformatics. In this research work, we investigate currently active citizen science projects that involve geoinformation to understand how geoinformatics is actually employed. To achieve this, we define eight activities typically carried out during the implementation of a CS initiative as well as a series of approaches for each activity, in order to pinpoint distinct strategies within the different projects. To this end, a representative set of ongoing CS initiatives is selected and surveyed. The results show how CS projects address the various activities, and report which strategies and technologies from geoinformatics are massively or marginally used. The quantitative results are presented, supported by examples and descriptions. Finally, cues and critical issues coming from the research are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; geoinformatics; projects survey citizen science; geoinformatics; projects survey
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Criscuolo, L.; Bordogna, G.; Carrara, P.; Pepe, M. CS Projects Involving Geoinformatics: A Survey of Implementation Approaches. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 312.

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