Title
Using Google Maps to collect spatial responses in a survey environment
Description
This paper examines the use of Google Maps-based tools to collect spatial responses from participants during academic research surveys conducted via the internet. Google Maps is regularly used for presenting data to users, but it is less common to ask users to provide their own spatial information as a questionnaire response. Using two recent examples from the University of East Anglia, the article discusses the online survey context and Google Maps’ place within it, issues surrounding the technical implementation of these tools, and processing and use of the collected data. It also considers how this type of methodology can be recorded in a manner compatible with the concept of reproducible research, and concludes with considerations for future researchers wishing to employ similar methods.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01081.x
DOI
10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01081.x
Language
English
Author
Nick Bearman
Co-author
Katy Appleton
Volume number
44
Issue number
2
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
0004-0894
Publisher
Blackwell Publishing
Date of publication
01 June 2012
Page reference
160-169
Place of publication
Oxford
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Area
Harvard
Bearman, Nick and Appleton, Katy (2012) Using Google Maps to collect spatial responses in a survey environment. Area. 44 (2), pp. 160-169 Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Vancouver
Bearman Nick and Appleton Katy. Using Google Maps to collect spatial responses in a survey environment. Area 2012; 44 (2): 160-169.