Wikification of GIS and its implications

Daniel Z. Sui

Following the success of earlier open-source software development such as the development of Linux, consumer-driven business development such as E-Bay, and most recently user-led knowledge production such as Wikipedia, the past five years have witnessed the emergence of user-created web content in the spirit of Web 2.0 as evidenced by the growing popularity of MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, and more broadly the reality TV or game/competition programs with increasing viewer involvement. Some observers even define this as a new cultural/societal trend for lack of a better description the cult of amateur (Keen, 2007).

The wind of this more broader societal trend of wikification, as defined by Tapscott and Williams (2006), has started blowing in the GIS community during the past two years. The wikification of GIS includes the growing effort in open-source and free GIS, increasing availability of volunteered geographic information, and emergence of neogeography as citizen science. This one-day workshop will be devoted to addressing three broader issues: 1. o pen-source and free GIS and its implications for the next generation of GIS technology; 2. volunteered geographic information and its implications for the development of the next generation of spatial data infrastructure (SDI); 3. the emergence of neogeography as citizen science and its broader societal and scientific implications.


Keen, A. 2007. The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture . Publisher: Currency.

Tapscott, D. and A. D. Williams, 2006. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Publisher: Portofolio.