Special Issue "Open Science in the Geospatial Domain"
A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2019).
Interests: GIS; geomatics; open source; open science; environmental resource monitoring, modelling and management; geospatial web services; natural hazards
Open Science is being adopted by several research foundations and agencies worldwide as a core strategy to foster knowledge diffusion. This represents a new approach to research and educational processes based on OPEN data, sources, methodologies, reviews, access, and educational resources. While benefits are widely recognized, it is not always simple to apply this approach in practice: available resources, set strategies and existing common practices may be obstacles. Despite the fact that in the geospatial domain several open science practices are already widely adopted (see for example the success of Open Source Software at FOSS4G conferences, the number of Open Standards approved by OGC and the diffusion of Open Data created by OpenStreetMap), there are still underestimated and not yet properly addressed factors that limits the full realization of open science. In fact, while using the open standard and producing open source software and data is certainly important, it is not sufficient and different challenges are still to be addressed at a large scale. First and foremost, there are socio-cultural aspects such as the lack of recognition and rewards of open science practices, the overload for opening data, and unwillingness to change defined working procedures. Then, there are technological barriers, such as unintuitive tools for supporting open science, and missing political endorsements, not only by national or international bodies, but also by universities that ultimately implement strategies and policies that require economic investment in the short term to fulfill technical and organizational aspects. Last but not least, there are legal barriers, such as not always clear legal frameworks and lack of licenses understandable by scientists.
This Special Issue aims to show the state-of-the-art in the geospatial domain with respect to the application of Open Science. Contributions on experiences that implement the Open Science approach, or any of the specific Open Science pillars (data, code, paper, review, standards ?), in the geospatial domain, and that discuss principles, barriers and solutions are important to identify future challenges and best practices. This will help scientists harnessing the full potential of this new paradigm and put in practice Open Science, contributing to the future benefit of humanity.
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Cannata
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- Open Science
- Open Source Software
- Open Education Material
- Open Data
- Open Standard
- Open Access
- Open Methodology