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Special Session
Special Session on
Governance of Geospatial Authoritative Data
 - GOV4GAD 2019

3 - 5 May, 2019 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Within the 5th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - GISTAM 2019


Joep Crompvoets
Catholic University of Leuven

Brief Bio
Prof. dr. ir. Joep Crompvoets is a professor with a chair on ‘Information Management in the Public Sector’ and Secretary-General of EuroSDR – a European spatial data research network linking national mapping agencies with research institutes and universities for the purpose of applied research. He holds master degrees from Wageningen University (Soil Science) and Twente University (GI-Science) and a PHD from Wageningen. He was senior lecturer at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and The University of Melbourne (Australia). He has been involved in numerous (inter)national projects related to the development of spatial data infrastructures (INSPIRE), GIS, e-Government and public sector innovation – e.g. in Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, and United Arab Emirates. Finally, he has written more than 400 publications dealing with spatial data infrastructures, GIS and e-governance. His current interests refer to Big data, Digital Governments, Open data, co-creation, and IT-governance.


Societies are increasingly digitalizing more and more aspects of daily life. The basic building block for digitalisation is data. High quality data is a necessary basis to ensure the quality of digital services and to drive innovation. The recognition and organization of data as authoritative data should be vital not only for ensuring the quality of data, but also to foster trust between organizations, between different sectors and across borders. Especially in the context of geospatial data, the exchange and integration of authoritative data has advanced significantly, but important governance challenges still need to be addressed. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the understanding of the governance of authoritative data, its rationale, added value, dimensions, and organisation.

- Governance rationale, concepts, frameworks, dimensions, added values
- Data Governance, Digital services governance
- Characteristics of authoritative data / base registers
- Governance of authoritative data / base registers
- Examples of governing geospatial authoritative data around the world
- Relevant governance instruments
- Added value of authoritative data
- Relationship between authoritative data and data quality
- Link between authoritative data and trust
- Uniqueness of geospatial authoritative data
- Identification of associated key challenges


Paper Submission: February 28, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 15, 2019 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2019 (expired)


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After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI, Microsoft Academic, SCOPUS, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


GISTAM Special Sessions - GOV4GAD 2019