About Geo-Wiki.org

Geo-Wiki is a project founded in 2009 by the project partners the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and University of Freiburg.

The Geo-Wiki Project is a global network of volunteers who wish to help improve the quality of global land cover maps. Since large differences occur between existing global land cover maps, current ecosystem and land-use science lacks crucial accurate data (e.g. to determine the potential of additional agricultural land available to grow crops in Africa). Volunteers are asked to review hotspot maps of global land cover disagreement and determine, based on what they actually see in Google Earth and their local knowledge, if the land cover maps are correct or incorrect. Their input is recorded in a database, along with uploaded photos, to be used in the future for the creation of a new and improved global land cover map.

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The information, products, and services contained in the geo-wiki.org Web site are provided by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and the University of Freiburg (henceforth GEO-WIKI TEAM). The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, visitors, or National Member Organizations of GEO-WIKI TEAM.

The information at geo-wiki.org is for information only, including research, educational, or personal use and may be used elsewhere, provided the source is acknowledged. If any information or resources on this site are attributed to a site or source that is external, permission must be sought from that organization before the material can be reused.

The GEO-WIKI TEAM accepts no responsibility for losses, damages, costs, and other consequences resulting directly or indirectly from use of this site and any information or material available from it. Nor does it guarantee that use of the information is free of any claims of copyright infringement.

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The information collected through geo-wiki.org, all the geo-wiki branches and the mobile phone applications, including location data and photos, are stored in a central database, available for downloading and published in scientific papers. By using geo-wiki.org and the corresponding services, you agree that your contributions are in the Public Domain. The GEO-WIKI TEAM may not be held responsible for any misuse of this data by any user.

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