Advances in FAIR Geospatial Datasets

A special issue of Geographies (ISSN 2673-7086).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 341

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Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Interests: GIS; SDI; urban planning; geoAI
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Public Governance Institutre, KU Leuven, Parkstraat 45, Bus 3609, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: e-governance; digital transformation; interoperability; spatial data infrastructure
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LASTIG Lab, Université Gustave Eiffel, IGN-ENSG, 94 160 Saint Mande, France
Interests: spatial data infrastructures; semantic web; metadata

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today’s world, geographical datasets, ranging from latest satellite imageries to scanned gazetteers, are essential for informing us of our complex world, monitoring our environment, establishing policies, and developing new services.

The necessity of discovering and reusing geographical datasets was identified in the 1990s to lower production cost and achieve consistency and trust between different domains by integrating datasets across these domains. Communities investigated the production and exploitation of metadata and specific cataloguing services and interfaces to cope with the heterogeneities of datasets and with the expertise gap between end users and these assets. Heterogeneities occur across themes, across scales, and across territories. The expertise gap is more complex, as data accessibility is often closely related to accessing the appropriate tools to process, interpret, and render the datasets. Renewed interest came with the open science movement and FAIR principles (to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of digital assets), as well as with data marketplaces and dataset search engines.

Taking into account the above arguments, this Special Issue volume focuses on the discoverability, interoperability, and reusability of datasets with a geospatial component on open infrastructures. It welcomes contributions from the domains of open science and FAIR principles, as well as the domain of semantic Web and micro-ontologies adapted to the specific case of geographical datasets. It also welcomes contributions from the domains of spatial data infrastructures, quality documentation platforms, and non-technical aspects linked, for example, to governance that can strongly promote or severely hinder data sharing in a FAIR ecosystem.

Dr. Ali Mansourian
Prof. Dr. Joep Crompvoets
Dr. Benedicte Bucher
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  • FAIR
  • open data
  • data governance

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