Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B4, 205-209, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B4-205-2016
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13 Jun 2016
VISUALIZATION OF VGI DATA THROUGH THE NEW NASA WEB WORLD WIND VIRTUAL GLOBE
M. A. Brovelli, C. E. Kilsedar, and G. Zamboni Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Como Campus, Via Valleggio 11, 22100 Como, Italy
Keywords: Data Collection, NASA World Wind, Free and Open Source Software, Volunteered Geographic Information, Virtual Globes, Web, Crowdsourcing Abstract. GeoWeb 2.0, laying the foundations of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) systems, has led to platforms where users can contribute to the geographic knowledge that is open to access. Moreover, as a result of the advancements in 3D visualization, virtual globes able to visualize geographic data even on browsers emerged. However the integration of VGI systems and virtual globes has not been fully realized. The study presented aims to visualize volunteered data in 3D, considering also the ease of use aspects for general public, using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The new Application Programming Interface (API) of NASA, Web World Wind, written in JavaScript and based on Web Graphics Library (WebGL) is cross-platform and cross-browser, so that the virtual globe created using this API can be accessible through any WebGL supported browser on different operating systems and devices, as a result not requiring any installation or configuration on the client-side, making the collected data more usable to users, which is not the case with the World Wind for Java as installation and configuration of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is required. Furthermore, the data collected through various VGI platforms might be in different formats, stored in a traditional relational database or in a NoSQL database. The project developed aims to visualize and query data collected through Open Data Kit (ODK) platform and a cross-platform application, where data is stored in a relational PostgreSQL and NoSQL CouchDB databases respectively.
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Citation: Brovelli, M. A., Kilsedar, C. E., and Zamboni, G.: VISUALIZATION OF VGI DATA THROUGH THE NEW NASA WEB WORLD WIND VIRTUAL GLOBE, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B4, 205-209, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B4-205-2016, 2016.

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