The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Andrea Ballatore

Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB

Defacing the Map: Cartographic Vandalism in Volunteered Geographic Information

Phelps Hall 3512 (map)
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015

play_vandalism Abstract
. The Geo Web and crowdsourcing have unleashed new possibilities for the production of geographic information, enabling millions of amateur contributors to engage in the creation of free and open maps. As these datasets are open to editing in loosely regulated spaces, cartographic vandalism has emerged as a constant threat to the integrity and quality of the data. This intentional defacement of collaborative cartographic artifacts is analyzed through a qualitative analysis of reported incidents in WikiMapia and OpenStreetMap, identifying its similarities and differences to other forms of online and offline vandalism. Contributors employ counter-strategies to online cartographic vandalism, harnessing social and technical resources to foster cooperation and reduce deviance.

Andrea Ballatore is a postdoctoral researcher and the research coordinator at the Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013, he received a PhD in Geographic Information Science from University College Dublin. He has worked as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and as a software engineer in Italy and Ireland. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the digital representations of place, crowdsourcing, and the technological imaginary at the intersection between computer science, geography, and media studies.

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.
Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.

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