VGI-ALIVE - AnaLysis, Integration, Vision, Engagement

Tuesday 12th June 2018, Lund, Sweden at AGILE 2018

Workshop FINISHED - Thank you to all participants!

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Introduction

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.

This 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.

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Topics

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

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Paper Submission [CLOSED]

Submission format is a workshop short paper (2000 to 3000-word manuscript).
Authors are requested to follow the formatting guidelines for short paper submissions on the AGILE 2018 call for papers page and use the Word .doc template or the Word .docx template provided. Short papers should be submitted directly via e-mail to Dr. Peter Mooney at Accepted short papers will be published on the workshop Website. Authors are asked to provide their paper in PDF also during the submission.

After the conclusion of the VGI-ALIVE workshop all presentations, short papers and other presented materials will be openly accessible from this webpage. This increases the dissemination value of the workshop and follows the spirit of previous workshops in this series.

VGI-ALIVE Special Issue Journal

Authors of accepted workshop papers will be invited to submit full papers (maximum 20 pages) to a special issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information journal with a submission deadline of 30th November 2018. To submit a full paper please follow the manuscript preparation and submission guidelines of the Special Issue Call for Papers.

Article processing fees of IJGI can be waived for a limited number of papers, where priority shall be given to papers arising from acceptance and presentation during the VGI-ALIVE workshop. Early submissions of full journal papers to the special issue will also be given priority in regard to the waiver of article processing fees. Please contact the VGI-ALIVE workshop committee for more details or if you have any questions regarding this special issue.

VGI-ALIVE Important Dates

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Registration [CLOSED]

All participants (both authors with or without workshop papers) must register for the workshop. For the VGI-ALIVE workshop registration will be handled directly with your registration for the AGILE 2018 conference. There will be a fee to attend the workshop, which can be found on the conference Web site.
Please note that the VGI-ALIVE workshop organisers are not involved with the registration process or structure for the AGILE 2018. Subsequently all questions regarding registration fees, registation terms and conditions etc should be directed to the AGILE 2018 conference organisers.

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Organisers

The VGI-ALIVE 2018 workshop will be organised and co-chaired by:

Any of the organisers will be happy to answer any queries or questions you have regarding the workshop.

VGI-ALIVE - Part of an AGILE pre-conference workshop series

We are proud to organise VGI-ALIVE as another AGILE pre-conference workshop which is part of number of successful previous workshops.
VGI-ALIVE follows on from the VGI-Analytics 2017 workshop in Wageningen University, The Netherlands in May 2017. Indeed the workshop organisers have been working together in this general research areas for several years now. VGI-Analytics followed on from a very successful pre-AGILE conference workshop in Helsinki in June 2016 with 30 attendees registered called Link-VGI: LINKing and analyzing Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) across different platforms. Please see the workshop web-page for LinkVGI 2016. LinkVGI is also published as a data descriptor from the hands-on session. In 2015 the RICH-VGI workshop (enRICHment of volunteered geographic information (VGI): Techniques, practices and current state of knowledge) was organised before AGILE 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. An earlier pre-AGILE conference workshop ACTIVITY (Action and Interaction in Volunteered Geographic Information) was held in Leuven in May 2013 before AGILE 2013. A journal paper was produced after this workshop on the key outcomes of the workshop.

VGI-ALIVE Workshop Timetable

We have a full day workshop planned. Prospective participants should plan to include VGI-ALIVE as a full day workshop. We begin at 08:45 and finish at around 17:15. This will allow workshop delegates to either return back to their accommodation before the evening reception or to explore the city of Lund.

The timings of the workshop will be designed so that they work with the timetables of the other pre AGILE workshops for the purposes of coffee breaks and lunches.

We are delighted to announce a joint keynote session by two of Europe's leading experts and researchers in VGI: Dr. Andrea Ballatore and Dr. Stefano De Sabbata .

Andrea Ballatore is a Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics at the Department of Geography at Birkbeck, University of London. His research interests include geographic information retrieval, volunteered geographic information, and Internet geography. His current work focuses on how people create and consume digital representations of places on the Web.

Stefano De Sabbata is a Lecturer in Quantitative Geography at the Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation of the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment of the University of Leicester. His research focuses on geographic information science and digital geographies. His current research focuses on the analysis and critique of the geographies of information, with a particular interest on internet content production and representativeness, as well as location-based services and geographic information retrieval.

In the afternoon breakout sessions we will welcome all delegates from the Map Generalisation Practice with Volunteered Geographic Information AGILE 2018 workshop led by Prof. Guillaume Touya (IGN France, LaSTIG).

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Time Program Item
08:45 - 09:00


Introduction to the VGI-Alive 2018 workshop. A brief overview of the plans for the day, introductions to the organisers etc. View Presentation

09:00 - 09:45

Joint Keynote Presentation and Questions

 Session Chair: Peter Mooney

Geographies of crowdsourced information and their implications

We are delighted to host a joint keynote presentation by the following acommplished guest speakers:
Dr. Andrea Ballatore
Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
View Keynote Presentation
Dr. Stefano De Sabbata
Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK.
View Keynote Presentation

09:45 - 11:05

SESSION 1: Analysis of Contributors

 Session Chair: Franz-Benjamin Mocnik

  1. Analyzing the spatio the spatio-temporal dynamics of Snapchat
    AUTHORS Levente Juhász and Hartwig H. Hochmair Geomatics Program, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, University of Florida, USA   Download Paper  View Presentation
  2. Identifying the Effects of Mobility Domains on VGI: Towards an Analytical Approach
    AUTHORS: A. Yair Grinberger, Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, Heidelberg, Germany   Download Paper
  3. The Impact of Biases in the Crowdsourced Trajectories on the Output of Data Mining Processes
    AUTHORS: Anahid Basiri, Muki Haklay, Zoe Gardner, University College London, UK   Download Paper  View Presentation (ODP format)
  4. Enhancing Crowdsourced Classification on Human Settlements Utilizing Logistic Regression Aggregation and Intrinsic Context Factors
    AUTHORS: Benjamin Herfort and Alexander Zipf, GIScience Chair, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany   Download Paper   View Presentation
11:05 - 11:35

Tea/Coffee Break with other AGILE 2018 workshops

11:35 - 12:50

SESSION 2: VGI and Crowdsourcing Analysis of the built and natural environments.

 Session Chair: Hartwig Hochmair

  1. Air Trails – Urban Air Quality Campaign Exploration Patterns
    AUTHORS: Martin Becker, Florian Lautenschlager, Andreas Hotho, University of Würzburg, Würburg, Germany   Download Paper  View Presentation
  2. A discussion of crowdsourced geographic information initiatives and big Earth observation data architectures for land-use and land-cover monitoring
    AUTHORS Luiz Fernando F. G. de Assis, Karine Reis Ferreira, Lúbia Vinhas: Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), São José dos Campos, Brazil Téssio Novack, Alexander Zipf, GIScience Chair, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany   Download Paper  View Presentation
  3. Crowd-sourced information on building façades - A comparative study on the use of commercial and non-commercial crowdsourcing platforms
    AUTHORS: Robert Hecht, Tim Wendt, Martin Behnisch, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Germany   Download Paper   View Presentation
  4. Associating OpenStreetMap tags to CORINE land-cover classes using text and semantic similarity measures
    AUTHORS: Tessio Novack, Janek Voss,Michael Shultz, Alex Zipf, GIScience Group, Heidelberg University, Germany   Download Paper  View Presentation
12:50 - 13:00

Recap and planning for the afternoon session

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break and networking. All AGILE 2018 Workshops will be having their lunch at approximately this time during the day.

14:30 - 16:00

SESSION 3: Collaborative Discussion Session

 Chair(s): VGI-Alive Organisers

Breakout discussion groups on selected VGI-Alive 2018 topics. The topics/themes for the breakout discussions will be crowdsourced during the pre-lunch sessions. Delegates will be asked to suggest topics/issues/themes by posting them on written sticky-notes (provided by organisers). The most popular and relevant topics/issues/themes will be used as a basis for discussions. Overall the focus will be on the following overarching questions:

  • What is the research community planning to do?
  • Can we propose items for consideration on a research agenda for VGI?
  • How can we align or combine our efforts?
NOTE:   For these afternoon breakout sessions we will welcome all delegates from the Map Generalisation Practice with Volunteered Geographic Information AGILE 2018 workshop led by Prof. Guillaume Touya (IGN France, LaSTIG).

16:00 - 16:30

Tea/Coffee Break with other AGILE 2018 Workshops

16:30 - 17:00

SESSION 4: Collaborative Discussion - Report Back

 Chair: Peter Mooney

Report back from Collaborative sessions

17:00 - 17:15

Wrap up, final remarks, Closing of Workshop.

This is the final timetable - correct as of June 11th 2018.. Please refer to this website for the official timings of sessions.