Validating Agricultural Land Cover with Geo-Wiki

FYI, if you have experienced frustration on the quality of agricultural land use datasets out there (I know – who hasn’t), here is a place you can contribute your input:

Agriculture-Branch of the Geo-Wiki Project
http://agriculture.geo-wiki.org

The Geo-Wiki Project is a global network of volunteers who wish to help improve the quality of global land cover maps. Since large differences occur between existing global land cover maps, current ecosystem and land-use science lacks crucial accurate data (e.g. to determine the potential of additional agricultural land available to grow crops in Africa). Volunteers are asked to review hotspot maps of global land cover disagreement and determine, based on what they actually see in Google Earth and their local knowledge, if the land cover maps are correct or incorrect. Their input is recorded in a database, along with uploaded photos, to be used in the future for the creation of a new and improved global land cover map.

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(Thanks Kai for the tip!)

2 Responses to “Validating Agricultural Land Cover with Geo-Wiki”

  1. Jubal Harpster October 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Not to be a stick in the mud but the geo-wiki is a blatant violation of the Google EULA. Recording information based on imagery hosted by Google could be considered a derivative work. I doubt The Google is going to come after a bunch of agriculture scientists but you never know.

  2. Seotop in UA June 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Jubal, you have a point! “Recording information based on imagery hosted by Google could be considered a derivative work.” – absolutely agree with you.