Call for Papers

We invite submissions of short papers (maximum 2,000 words) according to AGILE formatting guidelines (Springer Document Templates). The papers will be published online. In addition to this we shall pursue the potential for the publication of a special issue in an appropriate international journal Please send the manuscripts as word or pdf files to richvgi@geog.uni-heidelberg.de


Submission of short paper:
Di, 30.04.2015

Notification of Acceptance and Review feedback:
Mo, 10.05.2015

Revised Version of Paper for Publication on WebSite:
Mo, 01.06.2015

Workshop date:
Di, 09.06.2015


Workshop: RICH-VGI: enRICHment of volunteered geographic information (VGI)

RICH-VGI: enRICHment of volunteered geographic information (VGI): Techniques, practices and current state of knowledge

Workshop @ the 18th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science

Lisboa, Portugal. Tue, Jun, 09, 2015

In recent years we have witnessed the rapid emergence of Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI) projects. VGI is being applied more and more for research and applications. Nevertheless, VGI is often denounced due to its heterogeneities in quality, completeness and redundancy. However, these can be improved by applying spatial analysis and data mining techniques. These approaches utilize the relationship between the data from a VGI platform itself and/or cross-utilization of data from other sources, including other VGI platforms or authoritative sources. The purpose of this workshop is to intensively discuss the possibilities of data derivation, knowledge propagation and quality improvement for VGI and VGI analysis.

Examples of topics of particular interest include:

  • Enrichment and quality assessment of VGI
  • Techniques of matching data sets from different VGI platforms
  • Techniques and applications of generating 3D terrain and 3D buildings from VGI
  • Enrichment of attributive information for VGI
  • Improvement of data quality and quantity from VGI by standardization of data structures
  • Innovative data mining and data fusion algorithms adaptable for VGI
  • Enhanced VGI analytics that relies upon different data sources (both authoritative and non-authoritative)
  • Enrichment and assessment of VGI considering the needs of particular application domains (e.g. environment, routing, disaster management, urban planning, etc.)
  • and other similar topics

We call for different kinds of contributions: full research papers presenting new work in the indicated areas, technical applications and case studies, as well as innovative insights.


The objective of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary forum towards determining techniques and ideas for improving VGI in order to derive further information from it for different use cases and VGI analysis. These techniques and ideas include several aspects of data quality, such as completeness, attributes, locational accuracy, metadata, etc.

The workshop shall encourage:

  • Discussions and exchange of research experiences, approaches, and algorithms for enriching VGI data
  • Understanding the state of the art in the area of VGI enrichment
  • Identifying current knowledge gaps which will help us to clearly outline some short-term and long-term VGI enrichment research goals and themes
Format of the Workshop

It will be a full day workshop. The workshop will include keynote speeches, a number of oral presentations in three sessions, a session of technical demonstration and a session of panel discussion.

Workshop Papers & Presentations

09:40-10:10 Welcome to participants and an introductory talk by Prof. Alexander Zipf on enRICHing VGI - some considerations

10:10-10:30 Presentation 1: Dr. Frank Osterman: Enriching geo-social media content through geographic contextualization

11:00–11:20 Presentation 2: Dr. Andrea Ballatore: Semantic Challenges for Volunteered Geographic Information

11:20-11:40 Presentation 3: Dr. Eva Hautal: Extracting georeferenced emotions from user-generated content

11:40-12:00 Presentation 4: Jean Damascene Mazimpaka: Using crowd-sourced data to support movement analysis in transportation and urban planning applications

14:00-14:20 Presentation 5: Dr. Adam Rousell: CAP4Access::::Toward a collective tagging Android application for gathering accessibility-related geospatial data in European cities

14:20-14:40 Presentation 6: Cecilia Bergman: >Possibilities and challenges of utilizing public sports tracking data for enhanced routing - integration with OpenStreetMap

14:40-15:00 Presentation 7: Gianluca Luraschi: Smart emergency response system (smartERS): the oil spill use case

15:00-15:20 Presentation 8: Enrico Steiger: Enriching OSM road networks with TMC LCL information

15:20-15:40 Presentation 9: Prof. Jorge Gustavo Rocha: Making OpenStreetMap data interoperable in the context of a INSPIRE based SDI

15:40-16:00 Presentation 10: Jose Pablo Gomez Barron: Volunteering assistance to online geocoding services through a distributed knowledge solution

16:30-16:50 Presentation 11: Dr. Jamal Jokar: Enriching crowdsourced land use information by data mining techniques

16:50-17:10 Presentation 12: Ehsan Abdolmajidi: Building ontology on-the-fly for the VGI and authority road networks to facilitate their integration

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