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Reports from G. Bordogna and Colleagues Advance Knowledge in Information Technology

February 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- New research on Information Technology is the subject of a report. According to news reporting out of Milan, Italy, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "The paper analyses the challenges and problems posed by the use of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in citizen science and a proposal is formulated for assessing VGI quality based on a linguistic decision making approach so as to allow its feasible use for scientific purposes. VGI quality is represented by indicators at distinct levels of granularity which take into account the distinct components of the VGI items."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "The quality indicators represent both the extrinsic quality, depending on the characteristics and reputation of the sources of information; the intrinsic quality, depending on the distinct accuracy and precision of information; and, last but not least, the pragmatic quality, depending on the user needs and intended purposes. In order to assess the pragmatic quality of VGI items, a linguistic decision making approach is defined that allows users to rank and finally filter the VGI items based on the satisfaction of distinct criteria expressed by means of both linguistic terms, defining soft constraints on the distinct quality indicators, and linguistic aggregators, defining fuzzy operators which combine the satisfaction degrees of the soft constraints at distinct hierarchical levels to yield the final satisfaction of the VGI items."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Finally, an example of quality assessment in a glaciological citizen science project is discussed."

For more information on this research see: A linguistic decision making approach to assess the quality of volunteer geographic information for citizen science. Information Sciences, 2014;258():312-327. Information Sciences can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Inc, 360 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA. (Elsevier -; Information Sciences -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting G. Bordogna, CNR IREA, I-20133 Milan, Italy. Additional authors for this research include P. Carrara, L. Criscuolo, M. Pepe and A. Rampini.

Keywords for this news article include: Milan, Italy, Europe, Information Technology

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Source: Information Technology Newsweekly

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