Presenter: Jon Corbett, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, University of British Columbia
GeoLive is a participatory web-mapping application designed and programmed at the University of British Columbia, Canada. A flexible and extendable framework to facilitate communities’ ability to capture, manage and communicate their own spatial data. The map acts as a medium through which registered users can share their own multimedia information and experiences about a specific place. GeoLive offers a range of distinct functions – i) it allows multiple users simultaneously to contribute data to a map; ii) it features tiered access (different types of user have access to specific map data while other data remains hidden); iii) it emphasizes making large amounts of data manageable and meaningful; and iv) it allows administrators to access and download project datasets and re-purpose them using other database software, such as Geographic Information Systems. GeoLive is a versatile tool being used to support a number of participatory mapping projects, from small simple maps to complex projects.