3rd International Workshop on Spatial Data Quality

Following previous successful workshops in 2015 and 2018, EuroGeographics and EuroSDR, in conjunction with OGC, ISO and ICA, are pleased to announce a third workshop on spatial data quality to be held in Valletta, Malta on 28th and 29th January 2020.

Technology is driving the Geospatial industry forward at an alarming rate with the introduction of new capture methods, improved technology and an increasing customer base that not only recognises the importance of spatial data but expects it to be readily available, accurate, trustworthy and free. Traditional methods of checking quality are now regarded as too expensive and the focus has shifted into ways of ensuring that quality is built into a method or process from the very beginning. 

Many of the users know little about how data is produced but they have an expectation that the data is correct – almost to the point where they will blindly follow a satellite navigation system, even though the road signs may indicate that a route is unsuitable.

The onus is therefore on producers of traditional geospatial information to be able to produce high quality, authoritative data and communicate the trust, quality, provenance, relevance and content to all potential users – not just those in the professional community.

By bringing together producers, users, academia and software suppliers this two-day event aims at providing innovative and original contributions to the ongoing debate on spatial data quality.

Workshop topics
Papers are invited on all topics related to spatial data quality, including (but not limited to):

  • Quality evaluation of spatial data
  • Quality certification and accreditation of spatial data
  • Use of international metadata and quality standards
  • Quality issues in spatial data infrastructures (e.g. national, INSPIRE)
  • Communication/visualization of spatial data quality
  • Spatial data usability/quality from the users perspective
  • Impact of data quality on decision making
  • Spatial data quality vs scales/resolution
  • Applications of spatial data quality
  • Quality of geospatial services
  • Research trends in spatial data quality
  • Practical implementation of spatial data quality assessment
  • Quality Standards
  • Software for measuring quality
  • Quality of 3rd party data, crowdsourced/OSM etc.
  • Authoritative data

There are two methods of submitting content for the workshop – abstract or complete paper. Content must be submitted via this link by 1 October 2019.
Abstracts should be at least two pages long but no more than 3 to 4 pages whilst complete papers should be around 10 to 12 pages.

All submissions will be independently reviewed by the programme committee members who will notify authors of their decision by 29 November 2019.


31st May 2019

Workshop Announcement and call for papers

1st August 2019

Website opens for paper submission

1st October 2019

Deadline for submission of content

29th November 2019

Notification of acceptance / rejection of papers

6th January 2020

Deadline for submission of final versions

28th/29th January 2020

Conference in Malta

Programme Committee:

  • Jonathan Holmes (Chair EuroGeographics – Quality KEN)
  • Carol Agius (EuroGeographics)
  • Tamás Palya (EuroGeographics Quality KEN)
  • Karin Mertens (EuroGeographics Quality KEN)
  • Antti Jakobsson (Maanmittauslaitos Finland)
  • Bart De Lathouwer (OGC)
  • Ray Patrucco (OS Great Britain)
  • Joep Crompvoets (EuroSDR)
  • Agneta Engberg (ISO TC211)
  • Serena Coetzee (ICA)
  • Franz-Josef Behr (ICA)

More information is available online here.

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