Paris, Mar 2014


One of the key areas of investigation for COST Action TD1202 is to see how authoritative data can be combined with / complemented by VGI. Working Group 3 devised a survey that was administered to mapping agencies in Europe. A workshop was then organized entitled ‘Volunteered Geographic Information – A Survey of National and Regional Mapping Agencies’ to share the results of the survey with national mapping agencies. The meeting was held at IGN in Paris on 28 March 2014.

The purpose of the workshop was to determine the potential for mapping agencies to exploit VGI by sharing best practice across mapping agencies and to explore the barriers to VGI uptake.


Lucy Bastin, UK Janos Bito, Hungary Matteo Caglioni, France
Cyril De-Runz, France Bianka Fohgrub, Germany Cidalia Fonte, Portugal
Magdalena Grus, The Netherlands Andreas Hadjiraftis, Cyprus Glen Hart, UK
Pär Hedén, Sweden Peter Hellinckx, Belgium Jasper Hogerwerf, The Netherlands
Tobias Kellenberger, Switzerland Mari Laakso, Finland Michael Mente, Germany
Marco Minghini, Italy Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond, France Petar Penev, Bulgaria
Chris Phillips, UK Oana Mihaela Popescu, Romania Giovanni Rabino, Italy
Linda See, Austria Ana Velasco-Tirado, Spain Bénédicte Bucher, IGN France
Guillaume Touya, IGN France Loic Gondol, IGN France Matthew Montegello, Malta

Meeting Agenda

9:15 Welcome to participants
9:30 Presentation of the survey results and discussions: G. Hart (Ordnance Survey, UK) [pdf]
10:30 Coffee break
10:50 Short presentations of each National Mapping Agency participant (5 min) and discussions

  • Peter Penev, Bulgaria [no presentation]
  • Andreas Hadjiraftis, Department of Lands and Surveys, Cyprus [pdf]
  • Mari Laasko, Finnish Geodetic Institute, Finland [pdf]
  • Loic Gondol/Yolene Jahard, IGN, France [pdf]
  • Bianka Fohgrub, BKG, Germany [pdf]
  • Magdalena Grus/Jusper Hogerwerf, NMA-Kadaster, Netherlands [pdf]
  • Oana Popescu, NMA for Cadastre and Land Registration, Romania [pdf]
  • Ana Velasco-Tirado, IGN, Spain [pdf]
  • Pär Hedén, NMA, Sweden [pdf]
  • Tobias Kellenberger, Swiss Topo, Switzerland [no presentation]
  • Chris Philips/Glen Hart, Ordnance Survey, UK [pdf]

12:50 Lunch (at IGN)
14:00 Open discussion and future activities (Chairman: G. Touya -IGN France)
16:00 Coffee break
16:15 Conclusions
16:30 Close of the meeting

Documents from the Meeting

  • Minutes [pdf]

Future Activities

The survey results from National Mapping Agencies presented at the workshop are currently being summarized in a publication. A further WG3 meeting is planned for 26-27 Feb 2015 in Switzerland.