February 1, 2018

VGI-ALIVE: AnaLysis, Integration, Vision, Engagement – workshop and special issue

VGI OpenStreetMap workshop special issue

The steady rise of data volume shared on already established and new Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media platforms calls for advanced analysis methods of user contribution patterns, leads to continued challenges in data fusion, and provides also new opportunities for rapid data analysis for event detection and VGI data quality assessment. Questions regarding the future of VGI and social media platforms include the prospect of continued user growth, engagement of new user groups, further expansion of VGI to educational activities, or closing data gaps in geographically underrepresented areas.

Organizers the workshop and editors of the special issue:

  • Peter Mooney
  • Alexander Zipf
  • Franz-Benjamin Mocnik
  • Jamal Jokar Arsanjani
  • Hartwig H Hochmair
  • Kiran Zahra

Workshop at the AGILE 2018

The one-day pre-conference workshop covers a wide range of VGI and social/media research topics and provides an opportunity for workshop participants to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions, innovative analysis approaches, current data fusion methods, real-world applications, and the use of VGI and social media use in education. The event offers also a platform to discuss future challenges of VGI and social media, may it be on the legal or technical side, to formulate a vision for VGI and social media usage and analysis for the near future, and to live demonstrate analysis workflows and VGI applications.

One portion of the workshop is dedicated to a collaborative session, where break-out groups will discuss various timely VGI/social media research topics, such as VGI and mobility, data fusion, interoperability, and education, potentially leading to a joint paper contribution in a special issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information journal.

The principal topics for consideration in the workshop are outlined as follows:

  • Activity patterns and collaboration across multiple VGI and social media platforms
  • (Quasi) real-time analysis of VGI and social media content
  • Technical and legal aspects of crowd-sourced data fusion
  • Opportunities, challenges, and limitations for the future of VGI
  • VGI/social media analysis in geographic areas with sparse data coverage
  • Novel methods of VGI data quality assessment
  • Mobility patterns and VGI/social media
  • User engagement and VGI education
  • Closing the gaps in VGI data coverage

Link to workshop

Special issue

Although some papers for this Special Issue will be drawn from a related one day VGI-ALIVE workshop at the AGILE 2018 conference, other original submissions aligned with this area of research are also highly welcome. This Special Issue offers an outlet for publishing papers relevant to the scope of this workshop. Papers will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the submission deadline.

Link to special issue