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Fundamentals of Spatial Data Quality

Edited by Rodolphe Devillers, Geography Department of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada Robert Jeansoulin, Center of Mathematics and Computer Sciences of University of Provence, France

ISBN: 9781905209569

Publication Date: April 2006   Hardback   312 pp.

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This book explains the concept of spatial data quality, a key theory for minimizing the risks of data misuse in a specific decision-making context. Drawing together chapters written by authors who are specialists in their particular field, it provides both the data producer and the data user perspectives on how to evaluate the quality of vector or raster data which are both produced and used. It also covers the key concepts in this field, such as: how to describe the quality of vector or raster data; how to enhance this quality; how to evaluate and document it, using methods such as metadata; how to communicate it to users; and how to relate it with the decision-making process. Also included is a Foreword written by Professor Michael F. Goodchild.


1. Development in the Treatment of Spatial Data Quality, Nicholas Chrisman.
2. Spatial Data Quality: Concepts, Rodolphe Devillers and Robert Jeansoulin.
3. Approaches to Uncertainty in Spatial Data, Peter Fisher, Alexis Comber and Richard Wadsworth.
4. Quality of Raster Data, Serge Riazanoff and Richard Santer.
5. Understanding the Nature and Magnitude of Uncertainty in Geopolitical and Interpretative Choropleth Maps, Kim Lowell.
6. The Impact of Positional Accuracy on the Computation of Cost Functions, Alfred Stein and Pepijn Van Oort.
7. Reasoning Methods for Handling Uncertain Information in Land Cover Mapping, Alexis Comber, Richard Wadsworth and Peter Fisher.
8. Vector Data Quality: A Data Provider’s Perspective, Jenny Harding.
9. Spatial Integrity Constraints: A Tool for Improving the Internal Quality of Spatial Data, Sylvain Vallières, Jean Brodeur and Daniel Pilon.
10. Quality Components, Standards and Metadata, Sylvie Servigne, Nicolas Lesage and Thérèse Libourel.
11. Spatial Data Quality Assessment and Documentation, Jean-François Hangouët.
12. Communication and Use of Spatial Data Quality Information in GIS, Rodolphe Devillers and Kate Beard.
13. External Quality Evaluation of Geographical Applications: An Ontological Approach, Bérengère Vasseur, Robert Jeansoulin, Rodolphe Devillers and Andrew Frank.
14. A Case Study in the Use of Risk Management to Assess Decision Quality, Gary Hunter and Sytze De Bruin.
15. On the Importance of External Data Quality in Civil Law, Marc Gervais.

About the Authors

Rodolphe Devillers is Assistant Professor of Geography at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is also a member of the Center for Research in Geomatics (CRG) and the Canadian Network of Excellence GEOIDE. He has worked on different projects related to data quality in Europe (REVIGIS) and Canada (GEOIDE) and has published several articles related to data quality issues, mostly on the communication of spatial data quality information to end-users.
Robert Jeansoulin is Senior Researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in France, and works for the Center of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Provence. He has written several papers and books on the subject and has led the REVIGIS European Project; he is now co-chairing the ISPRS Technical Committee 2 on the Quality of Spatio-Temporal Data and Models.


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