FOSS4G 2009 Call4papers

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Call for research papers

Aims and scope

The FOSS4G 2009 academic track aims at bringing together researchers, developers, users and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields and willing to share original and recent research developments and experiences.

The academic track will act as an inventory of current research topics, but the major goal is to promote cooperative research between OSGeo developers and the academia. The academic track is the right forum to highlight the most important research challenges and trends in the domain, and let them became the basis for an informal OSGeo research agenda. It will foster interdisciplinary discussions in all aspects of the geospatial and free and open source domains. It will be organized in a way to promote networking between the participants, to initiate and favour discussions regarding cutting-edge technologies in the field, to exchange research ideas and to promote international collaboration.

Topics of interest

We invite submissions that address theoretical, technical, and practical topics of related to geospatial free and open source domain. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • State of the Art developments in Open Source GIS
  • Open Source GIS in Education
  • Open architectures, open content, open specifications
  • Interoperability and standards - OGC, ISO/TC 211
  • Metadata, Spatial Data Infrastructures and Service Oriented Architectures
  • Geospatial databases and data warehouses with free and open source software
  • Maintenance and evolution of databases and data warehouses
  • Active/Real-Time databases and data warehouses
  • Free and open source WebMapping and WebGIS
  • Free and Open Source GIS application use cases : Government, Participatory GIS, Location based services, Health, Energy, Water, Urban and Environmental Planning, Climate change, etc.
  • Web processing services
  • Case studies of free and open source implementations
  • Free and Open Source GIS Internationalisation and Localisation
  • Using Open Source GIS with proprietary software
  • Transition to Free and Open Source GIS
  • Free and Open Source GIS business models
  • Free and Open Source GIS implementation and deployment case studies
  • Databases and multidimensional modeling and queries: languages, optimization, processing
  • Spatial OLAP and geo-analytical technologies
  • Data mining and geospatial search engines
  • Frameworks for Business Process Management (BPM), Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Data visualization, visual languages and querying
  • Sensor Web enablement
  • Quality assessment
  • Analysis, testing, performance tuning and benchmarking
  • Cartography and advanced styling
  • Earth Observation and remote sensing
  • Geospatial semantics aspects: semantics and ontology
  • Spatial and Spatio-temporal data, analysis and integration
  • Sustainable Development and Governance
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Mobile objects and trajectories analyses
  • Mobile and context aware applications
  • Personalization and user requirements analysis
  • Geospatial techniques and applications for mobile and wireless environments

Important dates

  1. 08 June 2009 - Abstract due
  2. 29 June 2009 - Full paper due
  3. 20 July 2009 - Notification of acceptance
  4. 31 July 2009 - Final paper due
  5. 20-23 Oct 2009 - FOSS4G Conference

Submission guidelines

All submissions to the academic track must be original unpublished work written in English that is currently not under review elsewhere. Papers should not exceed the 6000 words limit. Authors must submit full papers according to the Springer formatting guidelines. Manuscripts not submitted in the provided style or having more than 6000 words will not be reviewed and thus will be automatically rejected.

The templates (Latex or Word template) for preparing full papers can be downloaded here:

Nevertheless, full papers must be submitted in PDF file format! In addition, in order to allow a blind peer review process, authors names and affiliations must be provided on a separate page.

The submitted papers will be thoroughly reviewed by two to three members of the international scientific committee and refereed for their quality, originality and relevance. The proceedings are expected to be published by a reputed editor as a new issue of a wellknown book series or as a special issue of a journal. The scientific committee of the academic track is currently investigating different options. As soon as we get an agreement, we will announce the selected publication.

Submission to the track will be electronically only. Authors are asked to submit an abstract first (up to 500 words) through the online submission system provided on the FOSS4G 2009 web site ( Please, take care to check the box right after the place where you enter your abstract for your submission to be considered for the academic track!

Submissions of full papers (in PDF file format) will have to be performed through a web submission system. URL will be provided shortly.

Supporting organizations

In addition to the OSGeo Foundation, the following organisations are proud to support and help in the organisation of the track:

Track chairs

Scientific Committee

Invitations are being sent to reputed researchers (to be added soon as they acknowledge), but we also need volunteers already familiar with the peer review process. If you are interested in participating to the scientific committee, please let us know your intention by sending an email to the FOSS4G 2009 academic track (see the previous section).

Right now, the scientific committee is composed of:

  • Jorge Gustavo Rocha (Univ. Minho, Portugal)
  • Thierry Badard (Laval University, Canada)
  • Venkatesh Raghavan (Osaka City Univ., Japan)
  • Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • Ari Jolma (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)
  • Frédéric Hubert (Laval University, Canada)
  • Suchith Anand (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Tyler Erickson (Michigan Technological University, USA)
  • Serena Coetzee (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Dimitris Kotzinos (Technical Educational Institution of Serres, Greece)
  • Daniel Ames (Idaho State University, USA)
  • Bénédicte Bucher (IGN/Lab. COGIT, France)
  • Christoph Stasch (University of Muenster, Germany)
  • Barend Köbben (ITC, The Netherlands)
  • Cyril de Runz (University of Reims, France)
  • Vlad Tanasescu (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Johannes Brauner (Technial University of Dresden, Germany)
  • Charlie Schweik (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Mike Jackson (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • William Cartwright (RMIT University, Australia)
  • Jochen Albrecht (City University of New York, USA)
  • Guy Johnson (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
  • François Pinet (CEMAGREF, France)
  • Lars Bodum (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Philip James (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Oliver Shine (...)
  • ...

To be completed.