Socium’s Online Validation Service chosen to underpin important European data quality project

Cambridge, UK, 29th February 2012. Socium have today announced that their Online Validation Service has successfully been selected as the Data Quality and Validation Service that will underpin the BCN100 project being run by Sinfogeo SL in Spain.

BCN100 is a new digital cartographic product being released as a result of the collaboration between National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN) and the Spanish Army Geographic Centre (CEGET). After a successful consulting and prototype phase, Sinfogeo SL were awarded a public tender to complete the production of this national dataset which involves the integration of the BCN200 product from IGN with the C series product from CEGET.

The project requires Sinfogeo to update existing content utilising SPOT5 imagery and integrate and harmonise the two differing data models into a single schema for all of the 50 provinces of Spain. Underpinning these activities is the requirement to quality assure all the data to ensure a high quality final product.

The quality assurance process is where Socium and Sinfogeo have been cooperating. Originally Sinfogeo were faced with the prospect of deploying desktop software on all contributing data sites to perform the assurance process. However by utilising Socium’s cloud-based Online Validation Service, contributing organisations are now able to submit their data to a single service and receive a validation report, in a matter of minutes, which identifies data that requires addressing prior to final submission to Sinfogeo. In addition by utilising one service, Sinfogeo can be sure that all data that is received conforms to the same quality standards.

Socium worked in cooperation with Sinfogeo to build a set of validation rules that met the quality assurance requirements of the project. These were then made available within the Online Validation Service and are ready to be utilised as and when data is available. There are no infrastructure costs, capital expenditure or need for local deployment of software and all validation processing is fully automated. As a result, Sinfogeo and the project has saved considerable time and money.

Duncan Guthrie, Managing Director, Socium Limited said:

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Sinfogeo on the data quality assurance process for the BCN100 project. The Online Validation Service is ideal for this sort of data supply chain simplification and we are delighted to see the cost and time savings that it will provide Sinfogeo and the project.“

Rafael Fernández, Chief Executive Officer, Sinfogeo said:

“It has been really interesting working on this project with Socium. Technically, we have communicated very clearly and the quality assurance and quality control processes have been solved successfully and in a very short time.”

For more information about the Online Validation Service or Socium in general, please visit:

About Socium Limited

Socium is a wholly owned subsidiary of 1Spatial Group Ltd. As a Software as a Service company it opens up the world of data quality to everyone by offering new, online data validation and management services in the cloud. By doing so Socium are embracing technology trends and eliminating the need for users to invest in software or infrastructure, whilst still benefiting from state of the art technology.

Socium’s first offering, the Online Validation Service, provides an independent, simple and easy to use way of validating data against a set of standard or user-defined business rules in seconds.

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About Sinfogeo

SINFOGEO is a Spanish company that was founded in 2004. Our experience is focused on geomatic projects, development of geographic applications and e-learning geomatic solutions.

The main customers of SINFOGEO SL are Administrations, like National Geographic Institute (IGN), National Center of Geographic Information (CNIG), Spanish Army Geographic Center (CEGET) or Geological Survey Institute of Spain (IGME).

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