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 (23:59:59 UTC/GMT) - 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 are closed.

 Clarifications on the selection process:
 To minimise the risk for people who submit an abstract to the academic track to not be able to present their work even in 
 the general track, the selection process has slightly been modified:
 1) Abstracts submitted to the academic track will be included in the list of abstracts to be voted on.
 2) As initialy planed, authors who submitted an abstract to the academic track should submit their full paper for review 
    and selection by the scientific committee of the academic track.
    a) If the paper is selected, presentation will be done in the academic track and the paper be considered for publication.
    b) If the paper is not selected but the abstract selected by the public vote, the presentation will be done in the general 
    c) If the paper and the abstract are not selected, no presentation will be performed.

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

(see also: FOSS4G 2009 Scientific committee expertises)

No Name Affiliation Country
1 Jorge Gustavo Rocha Univ. Minho Portugal
2 Thierry Badard Laval University Canada
3 Venkatesh Raghavan Osaka City Univ. Japan
4 Maria Antonia Brovelli Politecnico di Milano Italy
5 Ari Jolma Helsinki University of Technology Finland
6 Frédéric Hubert Laval University Canada
7 Suchith Anand University of Nottingham UK
8 Tyler Erickson Michigan Technological University USA
9 Serena Coetzee University of Pretoria South Africa
10 Dimitris Kotzinos Technical Educational Institution of Serres Greece
11 Bénédicte Bucher IGN/Lab. COGIT France
12 Christoph Stasch University of Muenster Germany
13 Barend Köbben ITC The Netherlands
14 Cyril de Runz University of Reims France
15 Vlad Tanasescu University of Edinburgh Scotland
16 Johannes Brauner Technial University of Dresden Germany
17 Charlie Schweik University of Massachusetts USA
18 William Cartwright RMIT University Australia
19 Jochen Albrecht City University of New York USA
20 Guy Johnson Rochester Institute of Technology USA
21 François Pinet CEMAGREF France
22 Lars Bodum Aalborg University Denmark
23 Philip James Newcastle University UK
24 Oliver Shine University College Cork Ireland
25 Simon Abele Newcastle University UK
26 Clara Tattoni University of Trento Italy
27 Hans-Jörg Stark University of Northwestern Switzerland Switzerland
28 Sandro Bimonte CEMAGREF France
29 Theodor Foerster ITC The Netherlands
30 Eric Wolf University of Colorado at Boulder USA
31 Sidonie Christophe IGN/Lab. COGIT France
32 Carson Farmer National University of Ireland Ireland
33 Didier Leibovici University of Nottingham UK
34 Hervé Parmentier ENS LSH France
35 Stefan Steiniger University of Calgary Canada
36 Bruce Ralston University of Tennessee USA
37 Brandon Whitehead University of Auckland New Zealand
38 Stefanie Andrae Carinthia University of Applied Sciences Austria
39 Harald Schernthanner University of Postdam Germany
40 Rita Engemaier University of Postdam Germany
41 Artur Seara IGP Portugal
42 Robert Feick University of Waterloo Canada
43 Bernd Resch Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
44 Marco Ciolli University of Trento Italy
45 Paolo Zatelli University of Trento Italy
46 Massimiliano Cannata SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts Switzerland