News Release: Last call for abstracts for global workshop on spatial data and map quality

Experts in spatial data and map quality now have until 30 September to submit abstracts for an international workshop to be held in Malta from 20 to 21 January 2015.
Organisers have extended the deadline to allow as many people as possible to contribute to the two-day event at the Old University, Valletta, Malta . The workshop is supported by EuroGeographics Quality Knowledge Exchange Group, the European Location Framework (ELF) Project, International Organization for Standardisation (ISO), OGC, EuroSDR and the International Cartographic Association.
Antti Jakobsson, Chair of the programme committee says: “We are delighted to announce the addition of the ICA as a co-organiser for this exciting workshop. Collaboration is key to finding common solutions for spatial data quality and this event will focus on the collaborative efforts of the public sector, industry, academia and standardization communities to introduce practical solutions for quality assurance and management.”
The workshop will also include an update on the data quality validation service being delivered by the ELF project. Participants will also investigate the need for the further development and application of the metadata and quality standards created by ISO TC 211. 
Papers are invited on a range of topics including quality evaluation, certification and standards. 
Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and submitted by 30 September 2014. 
For a list of the workshop topics, more information and to submit an abstract, please visit:
For further information please contact Rhian French on +44 1264 300 126, +447892 698 350 (mobile), email:
Notes to Editor
The Workshop Programme Committee comprises:
Carol Agius - Chair EuroGeographics Quality KEN, Malta Environment and Planning Authority
Joep Crompvoets - Secretary General of the EuroSDR, University of Leuven, Belgium
Rodolphe Devillers - Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Jonathan Holmes -  Vice Chair EuroGeographics Quality KEN, Ordnance Survey Great Britain
Anja Hopfstock - Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Germany
Antti Jakobsson - Technical co-ordinator of the ELF project, Chair of the programme committee, National Land Survey Finland
Dorus Kruse - Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, The Netherlands
Bart De Lathouwer - OGC
Joan Maso - Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Spain
Olaf Ostensen - Chair of the ISO TC 211, Co-ordinator of the ELF project, National Mapping Authority of Norway
Lysandros Tsoulos - National Technical University of Athens


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