FIG Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management

Working Group 3.3
User-Generated Spatial Content Empowering Communities

Policy Issues

The neogeography revolution of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Participatory Mapping encapsulates the idea of communities that create, share, visualize, and analyze geographic and geospatial information and knowledge. Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), as well as Spatial Information Management (SIM), can benefit greatly from the use and integration of this paradigm. User-generated spatial content is becoming a legitimate and reliable spatial, environmental and sustainable infrastructure on local and global scales. It enables citizens and communities to take part in processes having geospatial aspects, having a direct contribution on their life, empowering and mandating them as pertinent stakeholders.

The emphasis of Working Group 3.3 will be on the investigation and identification of initiatives and projects that make use of user-generated spatial content as an enabler to processes, infrastructures and services to communities. Focus will be given to collection, processing, mining, interpretation, administrative, and analysis levels. Working Group 3.3 will search and learn new means and technologies on how to exploit and make use of user-generated spatial content and derived information to geoscientific disciplines, such as mapping, land surveying, GIS, land administration and cadaster, navigation – and more.

Working Group 3.3 will aspire to motivate and work with scholars, professionals and communities, with the focus on developing countries, where this has the potential to contribute and strengthen utmost. Working Group 3.3 will aim to have joined and mutual interests and sharing of ideas and knowledge with other FIG Commissions, specifically Commission 2 (on Professional Education), Commission 7 (on Cadastre and Land Management) and Commission 8 (on Spatial Planning and Development).


Prof. Sagi Dalyot (Israel)
email: dalyot[at]

Specific topics

  • Utilization of crowdsourced user-generated spatial content in SDI, SIM and environmental knowledge
  • Working methodologies of user-generated spatial content in developing countries
  • User-generated spatial content collection, analysis, and visualization
  • Crowdsourced land administration management tools
  • Initiatives of spatial information solutions addressing global and national challenges
  • User-generated spatial content standards, uncertainty, ethics, authenticity, validity
  • Applications making use of user-generated spatial content in managing the built environment
  • Case studies and processes


What we are working on -

  • FIG publication on Smart Cities (2022) - contribute to the publication with Working Group 3.1

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