Special Issue "Open Geospatial Science and Applications"


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Suchith Anand
Chair of ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, Nottingham Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham, UK
E-Mail: Suchith.Anand@nottingham.ac.uk

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Thierry Badard
Chairs, ICA Commission on Open source Geospatial Technologies, Centre for Research in Geomatics, Department of Geomatic Sciences, Laval University, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada
Website: http://geosoa.scg.ulaval.ca/fr/
E-Mail: Thierry.Badard@scg.ulaval.ca

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr
Department of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Schellingstraße 24, D-70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Website: http://gis-management.de/
E-Mail: franz-josef.behr@hft-stuttgart.de

Guest Editor
Prof. Serena Coetzee
Geography Building 3-5, Centre for Geoinformation Science, Department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, 0028, South Africa
Website: http://www.up.ac.za/cgis
E-Mail: serena.coetzee@up.ac.za
Phone: +27 12 420 3823
Fax: +27 12 420 6385

Guest Editor
Dr. Luciene Delzari
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Setor de Ciências da Terra - Departamento de Geomática, Caixa Postal 19.001, 81.531-970 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
E-Mail: luciene@ufpr.br

Guest Editor
Dr. Barend Kobben
Department of GIP, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), PO Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.itc.nl/resumes/kobben
E-Mail: kobben@itc.nl
Phone: +31 53 4874 253

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last decade has seen a rapid growth in open source geospatial software and open data developments. Building upon the broader progress in open science, the synergies in the developments in open source geospatial software, open data, open standards, open hardware and open access to research publications have been key in accelerating the advancement for open geospatial science and applications. A combination of factors are driving this momentum, including the contributions made by hundreds of developers and the leading role played by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), aiming primarily to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. For the geospatial community this has offered exciting opportunities for expanding both research and education for the future. By combining the potential of free and open GI software, open data, open standards, open access to research publications, open hardware, etc. will enable the creation of a sustainable innovation ecosystem for advancing the discipline and accelerating new discoveries to help solve global cross disciplinary societal challenges from climate change mitigation to sustainable cities.

We invite original research contributions on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourage submissions focusing on the following themes for this Special Issue.

  • The use of open source geospatial software and data, in and for scientific research
  • Academic endeavors to conceptualize, create, assess open source geospatial software and data, and teach such usage.
  • Use of Open Data and Big Data
  • Data quality, software quality
  • Open source implementations
  • Open SDI
  • Community building
  • Assessment of costs and benefits of open source applications and open source business models
  • Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
  • Teaching geospatial sciences with open source solutions and open data
  • Open Source GIS application use cases: government, participatory GIS, location based services, health, energy, water, climate change, etc.
  • Human computer interfaces and usability in and around Open GI systems

Important Dates

Abstracts Due: 15/08/2014
Approved Abstracts: 10/10/2014 (put as planned papers online)
Manuscripts Due: 28/02/2015
Decision to Authors: 05/04/2015
Final Papers Due: 15/05/2015

We welcome all contributions including case studies, work in progress and demos.

Dr. Suchith Anand
Prof. Thierry Badard
Prof. Franz-Josef Behr
Prof. Serena Coetzee
Dr. Luciene Delzari
Dr. Barend Kobben
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • State of the art developments in Open Source GIS and open data
  • Open Source GIS in education
  • Interoperability and standards: OGC, ISO/TC 211
  • Web processing services
  • Open architectures
  • Open content
  • Open science
  • Case studies of open source implementations
  • Open Source GIS internationalization and localization
  • Using Open Source GIS with proprietary software
  • Transition to Open Source GIS
  • Use of Open Data and Big Data
  • Open SDI
  • Open Source GIS business models
  • Open Source GIS implementation and deployment case studies
  • Sensor web enablement
  • Usability in Open GI systems

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 4 September 2014

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