Chapter 4: Cybercartography and Volunteered Geographic Information
Nate J. Engler¹, Teresa Scassa², D. R. Fraser Taylor¹
¹Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
²Centre for Law Technology and Society, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Both volunteered geographic information (VGI) and cybercartography are of growing relevance in all aspects of modern cartography. This chapter will examine both these phenomena and discuss how cybercartography as a technology, a mode of production, and a unifying framework is ideal for the visualization, management, and dissemination of VGI. VGI has special relevance for both the theory and practice of cybercartography and this chapter will describe and explore this topic. Special attention will be paid to some of the legal aspects of VGI integration with cybercartography and its relationship to the so-called ‘authoritative’ information.
Keywords: Civil liability; Cybercartography; Privacy; Volunteered geographic information.