• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Using Geodata and Geolocation in the Social Sciences: Mapping our Connected World provides an engaging and accessible introduction to the Geoweb with clear, step-by-step guides for: • Capturing Geodata from sources including GPS, sensor networks and Twitter • Visualizing Geodata using programmes including QGIS, GRASS and R Featuring colour images, practical exercises and a companion website packed with resources, this book is the perfect guide for students and teachers looking to incorporate location-based data into their social science research.

“Big Geodata” Managing Spatial Data in a Connected Age
“Big Geodata”: Managing Spatial Data in a Connected Age

This chapter looks at the “Four Vs” of big geodata:

  • Volume
  • Velocity
  • Variety
  • Veracity

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