Visualisation of trust and quality information for geospatial dataset selection and use: Drawing trust presentation comparisons with B2C e-Commerce

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The evaluation of geospatial data quality and trustworthiness presents a major challenge to geospatial data users when making a dataset selection decision. Part of the problem arises from the inconsistent and patchy nature of data quality information, which makes intercomparison very difficult. Over recent years, the production and availability of geospatial data has significantly increased, facilitated by the recent explosion of Web-based catalogues, portals, standards and services, and by initiatives such as INSPIRE and GEOSS. Despite this significant growth in availability of geospatial data and the fact that geospatial datasets can, in many respects, be considered commercial products that are available for purchase online, consumer trust has to date received relatively little attention in the GIS domain. In this paper, we discuss how concepts of trust, trust models, and trust indicators (largely derived from B2C e-Commerce) apply to the GIS domain and to geospatial data selection and use. Our research aim is to support data users in more efficient and effective geospatial dataset selection on the basis of quality, trustworthiness and fitness for purpose. To achieve this, we propose a GEO label – a decision support mechanism that visually summarises availability of key geospatial data informational aspects. We also present a Web service that was developed to support generation of dynamic GEO label representations for datasets by combining producer metadata (from standard catalogues or other published locations) with structured user feedback.

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  • Visualisation of Trust and Quality Information for Geospatial Dataset Selection and Use

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Publication date30 Jun 2018
Publication titleTrust Management XII - 12th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference, IFIPTM 2018, Proceedings
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319952758
Original languageEnglish
Event12th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference on Trust Management, IFIPTM 2018 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 10 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

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NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference12th IFIP WG 11.11 International Conference on Trust Management, IFIPTM 2018

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2018


  • Geospatial data quality and trustworthiness, Trust indicators, Trust visualisation

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