Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geo-systems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively these produce and mediate spatial big data and are re-shaping spatial knowledge, spatial behaviour, and spatial politics. Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic and political effects. The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections: • Spatial media technologies • Spatial data and spatial media • The consequences of spatial media Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.

Open Spatial Data

Open Spatial Data

Tracey P. Lauriault


Without spatial data there are no spatial media. Spatial data are understood as any data (quantitative and qualitative) which have a location (e.g. spatially referenced with coordinates) or topology. Spatial data can concern any phenomena and be stored in a variety of formats (e.g. vector, raster, text, video); structured or not; big or small in nature; disseminated via any platform, software or application; distributed under a variety of licence regimes (i.e. open or closed); and produced by individuals, communities (e.g. indigenous, OpenStreetMap), corporations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government institutions alike. They can be exhaust data or metadata from a device or sensor, or generated by an algorithm, and collected, used and reused by experts ...

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