Title: International workshop on validation of geo-information products for crisis management
Publisher: European Commission
European Commission
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC55140
ISBN: 978-92-79-14069-3
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24082 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC55140
DOI: 10.2788/46126
Type: Books
Abstract: The increasing number of disasters threatening human safety has raised the attention of international community on the disaster management cycle (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery). Lessons learned during the last decade have shown that geo-information availability and processing can play a key role providing an effective support across the decision-making process. The growing effort to use geo-information for disaster management produced relevant initiatives, e.g. the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). From a technical point of view, the use of geo-information for emergency response poses significant challenges for spatial data collection, data management, information extraction and communication. On one hand, the delivery of rapid and updated but nevertheless reliable products to end-users is considered a high-priority topic by users and providers; on the other hand, in crisis situations, the delivered geo-information is often ingested by the users without having the opportunity to take care of its quality and accuracy. The need for an independent formal assessment of these products to provide operational services at homogeneous and reliable standards has recently become recognized as an integral component of a service. Validation is intended to help the end-users decide how much to trust geo-information products (maps, spatial dataset) and, combined with quality assurance, can help to identify improvements. The ISFEREA Action of the Joint Research Center is providing scientific support to EU external relations policies, in particular those concerned with international crisis management and mainly the external security dimension of GMES policy. It is fostering validation activities in GMES projects (e.g. SAFER, G-MOSAIC¿) and endeavoring to develop a framework for the validation of emergency response geo-information products. Aims of the workshop In this framework, JRC organized VALgEO 2009, the ¿International workshop on validation of geo-information products for crisis management¿ aiming to: ¿ share and compare expectations, needs, experiences, points of view with respect to scientific, technical or policy-related validation issues; ¿ discuss and compare methodologies, practical experiences and operational procedures that can be used for the validation of maps and spatial datasets; ¿ establish validation criteria that can help to assess the quality of geo-information with respect to users¿ expectations; ¿ draft recommendations for a generic protocol for the validation of geo-information for crisis management; ¿ start a professional network.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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