In 2015, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Volunteered Geographic Information: Interpretation, Visualisation and Social Computing” (SPP 1894). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period.
During the last years the availability of spatial data has rapidly developed, in particular through the diffusion of social networks, Web 2.0 platforms and availability of suitable sensor technologies. Characteristic of this development is the involvement of a large number of users, who, often using smart phones and mobile devices, generate and make freely available Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), in the broader sense user generated spatial information.
The specific potential of this new information source is based on the characteristics of the underlying data, such as real-time availability, event-driven generation, and subjectivity, all with an implicit or explicit spatial reference. For the information society, these data can support a variety of applications for the solution of grand societal challenges e.g. in the fields of environment and disaster management, health, transport or citizen participation.
This Priority Programme aims to provide a scientific basis for raising the potential of VGI and sensor data. Three main research domains are especially relevant for the advancement of VGI, namely “Information Retrieval and Analysis of VGI”, “Geovisualisation and User Interactions Related to VGI” and “Active Participation, Social Context and Privacy Awareness”.
Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 21 November 2018. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system.
Source and further information: DFG, Information for Researchers No. 32, 29 June 2018, Link (2 July 2018)