Exploring Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) for Emergency Management: Toward a Wiki GIS Framework
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The past three years have witnessed unprecedented growth of user-generated volunteered geographic information (VGI) on the Web. Although scholars, decision makers, and citizens have recognized the potential value of VGI in emergency management, there exists no rigorous study on the availability, quality, and feasibility of VGI for applications related to emergency management. This dissertation applies methodologies of GIScience and computer science to present an overview of VGI and explore its value in emergency management with the goal of developing a wiki GIS approach for community emergency preparedness. This dissertation research concludes that VGI and wiki GIS represent new development in public participation in the production and use of geographic information. In emergency management, VGI and wiki GIS suggest a new approach to incorporate the general public in emergency response activities. By incorporating VGI in emergency management, official agencies and the general public gain better situational awareness in emergency management.
Xu, Chen (2010). Exploring Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) for Emergency Management: Toward a Wiki GIS Framework. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from