GIS: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)


New interactive technologies on the Web such as Google Maps, Google Earth or other Web 2.0 applications capable of geotagging information enables citizens to create their own personal maps of a community or specific place. Termed Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) this information can be used to by decision makers as they plan the future of a community.

Audience: Local government, local advocacy groups, design professionals, and citizens.

Sponsor/Provider: Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

Estimated Fee: $750+

The price for incorporating VGI in to the planning process varies greatly based upon the scope of the project.

At the most basic level, training and support provides a local administrator with the skills they need to incorporate basic VGI into their planning process using tools such as Google Earth or Google MyMaps.

Higher end projects may utilize customized tools, interfaces or be more tightly integrated with a Geographic Information System.

Location: Statewide

Availability: Immediately

Delivery Schedule: 1 month (larger projects will require several months of prep)

Chris Seeger
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