Special Issue "Data Quality in Geographic Information Science"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. A. Stein
Guest Editor
Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Interests: spatial data quality; spatial statistics; remote sensing image analysis; error propagation; fuzzy theory; sampling; spatial big data
Prof. Dr. John Shi
Guest Editor
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Urban Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Interests: GISci; remote sensing; urban informatics; uncertainty modeling; quality control for spatial big data; object extraction and change detection from satellite images and LiDAR
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Reza Delavar
Guest Editor
Center of Excellence in Geomatic Eng. in Disaster Management, School of Surveying and Geospatial Eng., College of Eng., University of Tehran, Iran.
Interests: spatial data quality; data reliability; data trustworthiness; data liability; heterogeneous data integration; fitness for use; smart data fusion
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spatial and temporal data quality is at the core of any quantitative analysis in space and time. A typical example is the quantitative analysis of movement patterns. Data quality is here defined as the precision of the data in relation to their fitness for use. We all realize that with poor quality of data, poor results will also be achieved. In the era of big data and data mining, aspects of spatial and spatiotemporal quality become an even more important issue. The standard ways of addressing the consequences of low-quality data will regularly become obsolete due to intensive calculations. Moreover, more and different aspects of data quality become important, such as confidentiality, accessibility, and trustworthiness of the data and the role of metadata. When data support expands from space to space x time, we will also see issues of cause and effect that are affected by the quality of the data. Important issues as well are related to data collection with, e.g., wireless sensor systems, crowd sourcing, and computational issues. Those in turn request location-based services. 

In this Special Issue, attention will be given to all the aspects, and more, of data quality for big spatial and spatiotemporal data in terms of their volume and variability. The Special Issue will show the trends and the latest developments in this fields. We favor a quantitative approach, where general procedures and methodologies for analysis are presented. All methods are illustrated with relevant applications and examples. Purely theoretical manuscripts will only be considered if they are novel, generic, and presented in an accessible fashion. We invite original research contributions covering a broad variety of aspects related to data management in different research fields and organizations. We encourage papers across disciplines that focus on the themes of this Special Issue. 

Topics include but are not limited to: 

Artificial intelligence in spatial data quality assessment; 

Statistical issues of spatial and spatiotemporal data quality analysis; 

Standards for spatial data quality assessment; 

Innovative concepts in spatial and spatiotemporal data quality; 

Ontological modeling in spatial and spatiotemporal data quality; 

The effect of spatial and spatiotemporal data quality in smart data fusion; 

The impact of data quality in data mining; 

Visualization of big spatial and spatiotemporal data quality; 

Data quality for big spatial and spatiotemporal data from various disciplines; 

Big data case studies with a clear and apparent spatial or spatiotemporal data quality element; 

Computational movement analysis; 

Modeling the consequences of the lack of big spatial and spatiotemporal data quality; 

Ubiquitous computing; 

Crowd sourcing, user-generated content, and VGI in big data analysis; 

The quality of geosensor network (GSN), wireless sensor network (WSN) and social location-based services (LBSN); 

Metadata for big spatial and spatiotemporal data; 

The impact of data quality in smart city management; 

Management services for big spatial and spatiotemporal data quality.

In addition, selected and extended papers, originally presented at the ISPRS workshop on spatial data quality in Nice, will be included in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. A. Stein
Prof. Dr. John Shi
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Reza Delavar
Guest Editors

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  • big spatial data
  • spatiotemporal data quality
  • accuracy
  • fitness for use
  • uncertainty modeling
  • uncertainty propagation
  • VGI
  • spatial data mining
  • geo-AI

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