AGILE Workshop Announcement – Cyprus – June 2019

Published: March 1st, 2019

Category: News

Henry Hochmair and Levente Juhasz are two of five co-organizers of a 2019 AGILE (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe) workshop entitled, “VGI HATcH:  Using Volunteered Geographic Information for Help and Assistance in Transport and Humanitarian operations.”

For more details on workshop registration: see here.

Workshop Abstract:

The number of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media platforms is continuously growing, providing massive datasets of georeferenced content that are either actively contributed (e.g. adding data to OSM, Flickr) or collected through more passive modes (e.g. enabling geolocation in Twitter feeds). VGI and social media data, due to their excessive spatial and temporal coverage provide the data basis to analyze, detect, and help with the management of a multitude of challenging large-scale events, reaching from natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or wildfires, over political crises, wars, and refugee streams, to health related events such as oil spills, air quality problems, or traffic congestion. With the steady increase of shared data platforms and data sharing activities over the past decade it is important to understand the latest trends and developments of how VGI, social media, and other novel data sources can assist with detection, analysis, and management of such events, and in general help to improve quality of life including health or a shift towards greener transportation.

This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers and practitioners to share ideas and findings on innovative methods for the spatio-temporal analysis of crowd-sourced data, to demonstrate real-world applications using data from different crowd-sourcing platforms, and to discuss technical questions and innovations on data access and data fusion. The first portion of the workshop consists of short paper presentations under the general workshop theme. The second portion focuses on showcasing practical applications of VGI and social media. This includes but is not limited to: demonstrations of successful examples of using VGI/social media for humanitarian operations; use of VGI/social media for decision support in government on health societal or transport issues; use of VGI/social media or Open Data for improvement of base maps; short tutorials or demonstration of VGI/social media data analysis methods and data extraction from various online resources.  Accepted papers and abstracts will be uploaded to the workshop Website. The workshop editors plan to host a special issue in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information journal as a follow up to the workshop. Workshop presenters will be invited to submit full papers.  

This VGI workshop is the 6th workshop in a series of successful AGILE pre-conference workshops organised by this committee. Previous workshops were held in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The leaders of this year’s VGI workshop successfully organised a follow-on Special Issue in the International Journal of Geo-Information (

Please check our workshop’s website to find more details about, available at

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