Andrew Zolnai puts Socium’s Online Validation Service to the test

Cambridge, UK, 7th March 2012. Andrew Zolnai, an expert in GIS, has utilised Socium’s Online Validation Service (OVS) to automate the quality assurance process in his Medieval Fenlands wealth analysis project.  

The Medieval Fenlands Data is made up of base Ordnance Survey data and associated attribute information with the latter being populated through a manual process. To ensure the validity of the information being produced and therefore its value, a full data validation and correction process was required.

Andrew’s option for this validation was a manual inspection until learning about Socium’s OVS. By utilising a combination of standard rulesets and working with Socium to build specific validation rules, Andrew was able to automate the entire data validation process. This not only ensured the accuracy of the resulting changing wealth demographics, but as the OVS is cloud based there were no capex or infrastructure costs, a key aspect to Andrew when working within a limited budget.

The automation that the OVS provided Andrew meant that what would have been a lengthy quality assurance process was a simple and extremely time efficient activity. It also enabled Andrew to confidently publish his results on a number of online data sites.

Andrew Zolnai commented:

“Having been in this business for decades, I cannot see how data validation can be made any easier, while maintaining - indeed increasing - data integrity. I would highly rate the Online Validation Service and recommend other users of spatial data to get online and try the service out. If you have an issue or problem you are working with in a particular dataset, I would suggest getting in touch with them to see what rules they can create to help you overcome it.”

Duncan Guthrie, Managing Director, Socium said:

“We were delighted to work with Andrew to create the rules he needed to validate the data in his Medieval Fenlands GIS project. We offer the service of rule creation to all of our users and are very happy to hear about and help them with the many different challenges that they face with their spatial data. By creating the rules and adding them into the service, we are always making sure that our users are getting the best value and benefit from the service and would encourage anyone to get in touch with us that has a data challenge so that we can provide something that will quickly and easily be able to help them overcome it.”

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For more information about Andrew Zolnai’s Medieval Fenlands GIS project please read Andrew’s Blog at: 

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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