Popular Geographics

Neogeography, GIS 2.0, FOSS4G: More than a mouthful of names have been suggested for the nebulous collection of geographic technologies (popular computer mapping and imaging sites, volunteered geographic information [VGI], public domain software, spatially enabled social networking, crowdsourcing, etc.) that so excite the public today. To me, it's all just the democratization of geography and geographic information science that I have publicly advocated since 1983. Hence, I suggest popular geographics as the covering term for all geographic information technologies that can be understood and employed at little or no cost without much formal training, in the same sense as popular science and popular mechanics.

See also "The Macroscope."

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