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A data fusion-based framework to integrate multi-source VGI in an authoritative land use database

Abstract : Updating an authoritative Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) database requires many resources. Volunteered geographic information (VGI) involves citizens in the collection of data about their spatial environment. There is a growing interest in using existing VGI to update authoritative databases. This paper presents a framework aimed at integrating multi-source VGI based on a data fusion technique, in order to update an authoritative land use database. Each VGI data source is considered to be an independent source of information, which is fused together using Dempster-Shafer Theory (DST). The framework is tested in the updating of the authoritative land use data produced by the French National Mapping Agency. Four data sets were collected from several in-situ and remote campaigns run between 2018 and 2020 by contributors with varying profiles. The data fusion approach achieved an overall accuracy of 85.6% for the 144 features having at least two contributions when the confidence threshold was set to 0.05. Despite the heterogeneity and limited amount of VGI used, the results are promising, with 99% of the LU polygons updated or enriched. These results show the potential of using multi-source VGI to update or enrich authoritative LU data and potentially LULC data more generally.
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Lanfa Liu, Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond, Laurence Jolivet, Arnaud Le Bris, Linda See. A data fusion-based framework to integrate multi-source VGI in an authoritative land use database. International Journal of Digital Earth, 2020, ⟨10.1080/17538947.2020.1842524⟩. ⟨hal-03046640⟩



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