Nice, Apr 2015


The TD1202 COST Action meeting was held at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice, France, from 23-24 April 2015. This meeting included a COST TD1202 Management Committee (MC) meeting, an opportunity for working groups to meet and provide updates on the VGI protocols currently being developed, a specific Early Stage Researcher event and a workshop consisting of presentations that focused on uncertainty and VGI as well as other relevant aspects of VGI research of interest to the COST Action.

Management Committee Meeting, Working Group Meeting and Early Stage Researcher Event (Day 1 – 23 April)

  • The Management Committee of COST Action T1202 met for the first 2 hours of day 1.
  • Members from Working Groups 1 to 4 presented their current progress on the development of VGI protocols (as well as other relevant research related to TD1202 deliverables), activities which began in Castellon, were further developed in Vienna and are currently ongoing. There were discussions on progress of the protocols/relevant research and new areas of potential collaboration.
  • In the afternoon, Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) presented posters on any VGI-relevant research. This session gave an opportunity to provide lightning presentations to the COST Action and feedback from experienced researchers in the field. The event was a way to promote STSMs and matched interested ESRs with potential hosts.

Themes of the Workshop (Day 2 – 24 April)

The overarching theme of the workshop was uncertainty in VGI. Over the past twenty years, the concept of uncertainty, which has historically had specific definitions in economic theory or in the theory of errors, has enriched thinking in other disciplines. In geography, the concept of uncertainty is an umbrella term covering various aspects of a fuzzy and uncertain knowledge, or even a lack of knowledge about the objects of study. Multiple research areas deal with the problem of uncertainty in our discipline:

  • Imprecision and incompleteness of data and knowledge
  • Uncertainty of spatial objects and processes
  • Unknowability of the state (present or past) of a spatial system
  • Unpredictability of its future state
  • Problems related to the treatment, representation, or visualisation of uncertain spatial information and knowledge
  • Subjectivity inherent in any geographical issue, etc.

Instead of being seen only in negative terms, uncertainty is now increasingly integrated by a growing number of geographers as an essential component of the produced knowledge. Formerly hidden or omitted in the geographical discourse, uncertainty becomes a key point in the approach of geographical research, theoretical or applied. The aim of the workshop was therefore to discuss the issue of the uncertainty, in its widest sense in VGI, and involved the four working groups of the COST Action in the reflection on this important topic.

Outcome of the ESR Event and Workshop – Minutes (pdf).

The posters presented at the ESR event and the papers presented at the workshop were considered for inclusion in an edited book and/or a special issue on VGI based on the themes of the workshop (i.e. uncertainty) and any others that emerged from the presentations.

Thursday (23rd of April)
Time Activity Presenters
9h – 11h MC meeting
11h – 11h30 Coffee break
11h30 – 13h WG presentations (5 to 6 themes presenting from Vienna)
13h – 14h Lunch
14h – 16h Remaining WG presentations + discussions
16h – 16h30 Coffee break
16h30 – 18h30 ESR event (presentations, videos, poster event) J. Jokar Arsanjani: The contribution of VGI to land mapping.
P. Massa: Social Media Geographic Information (SMGI): analytical opportunities for spatial planning.
M. Mottus: Using Persuasive Technology for Engaging Users in VGI Systems
A. Ribeiro: Automatic assessing of OpenStreetMap completeness without additional data.
M. Torresani: Lidar and crowdsourcing: a new website platform
16h – 16h30 Social event/dinner
Friday (24th of April)
Time Activity Presenters
9h – 10h30 Participant presentations G. Rabino: The value of uncertainty in volunteered geographical information.
C. Cao, G. Fusco, M. Caglioni: Representing Uncertain Clustering in Social Specialisation of Space.
A. Skopeliti: Visualisation of uncertain spatial information.
S. Grossberndt: Uncertainty in citizens’ participation.
S. Alvanides: Uncertainty in VGI for cycling and walking.
10h30– 11h Coffee break
11h – 12h30 Participant presentations D. Rocchini: Uncertainty in species distribution modelling: old challenges and new solutions.
D. Demetriou: Uncertainty of OSM
data for the road network in Cyprus.
C. Fonte: Land Cover Map validation with OpenStreetMap data.
M. Minghini: Towards an automated procedure for comparing OSM with authoritative road datasets.
M. Campagna: Enhancing knowledge for spatial planning and design: the integration of Autoritative and Volunteered Geographic Information
12h30-13h30 Lunch
13h30- 15:30 Participant presentations V. Antoniou: VGI and spatial data quality.
J. Silander: Voluntary water quality monitoring.
R. Purves: Exploring multiple perspectives in user-­‐generated content.
H.Y. Liu: Citizens’ observatories and VGI: CITI-­‐SENSE and Citi-­‐Sense-­‐MOB approach.
F. Lupia: VGI as support in mapping agricultural/rural areas.
15:30 Close

There were 42 participants from 20 EU countries who participated in the meeting. Of the 42 participants, 12 are Early Stage Researchers.