Geomasking techniques built-into an integrated platform for research involving confidential geospatial data: the Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE Workshop II)

Type: Workshop
Theme: Geography, GIScience and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Coline Dony, Jue Wang
Chairs: Coline Dony


This workshop is open to anyone involved in research using or collecting confidential geospatial data.

In an NSF-funded collaboration between the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE) is being developed to address challenges faced in research involving confidential geospatial data. Researchers can face challenges such as sharing their data with other researchers or publishing some of their results, due to confidentiality concerns. The GVDE is proposed as an integrated platform to give researchers the possibility to securely access, share and analyze confidential geospatial data to replicate or build on scientific research.

Content overview of this workshop:
1. A brief review of the unique research challenges associated with confidential geospatial data and the importance of providing viable solutions to securely share and access data for replication of scientific research
2. A brief review of the GVDE as an integrated platform for research involving confidential geospatial data
3. A demonstration of built-in geomasking capabilities of the GVDE platform to protect data confidentiality.
4. Interactive discussions with the audience regarding the appropriate use of geomasking techniques in different scenarios and the importance and challenges defining geomasking parameters.

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