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Special Issue "Advances in Applications of Volunteered Geographic Information"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Linda See

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
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Interests: citizen science, crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information (data collection, quality assessment, creating added value products with VGI, motivation and engagement, etc.); land cover/land use validation; creation of hybrid land cover products; serious gaming; sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Guest Editor
Dr. Cidalia C Fonte

Institute for Systems and Computers Engineering at Coimbra, Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra, 3001-501 Coimbra, Portugal
Phone: +351-239 4729392
Fax: +351-239 793069
Interests: spatial data validation and quality assessment; land use land cover mapping; volunteered geographic information; spatial data integration; remote sensing
Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Minghini

European Commission-Joint Research Centre (JRC), Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Interests: crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information and OpenStreetMap; land cover/land use validation; open source geospatial software; geospatial interoperability; Spatial Data Infrastructures
Guest Editor
Dr. Vyron Antoniou

Hellenic Army Geographic Directorate, Mesogeion 227-231, Holargos, 15561, Greece
Interests: GIS; volunteered geographic information; spatial data quality; spatial databases; cartography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the term volunteered geographic information (VGI) was first coined by Mike Goodchild in 2007, the literature appearing on this topic has grown rapidly. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is one of the most successful examples of VGI, in which volunteers contribute to creating a global map of the world. One of the key characterisics of VGI is the in situ nature of the data. This makes it a new and interesting source of training and validation data for remote sensing, and many papers have already begun to appear on this topic. This Special Issue is intended to highlight the latest advances in VGI for remote sensing, including improvements to classification algorithms, methods by which the data can be used in rigorous validation, and innovative applications of the data. VGI is increasingly being used by national mapping agencies, so papers on this topic are welcome. Finally, VGI has relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and research on integrating VGI with remote sensing for monitoring the SDG indicators is also of interest.

We would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent research on any of the following topics, where review articles covering one or more of these areas are also very welcome:

  • VGI for training classification algorithms
  • VGI for validation, including considerations of sample design
  • VGI for verification of products from remote sensing
  • VGI related to any thematic area of remote sensing, e.g. land cover, land use, deforestation, urbanization, agriculture, biomass, disaster mapping, etc.
  • VGI and data integration from multiple sources including OSM
  • Issues related to development of VGI campaigns related to remote sensing or Earth observation, e.g. motivation, engagement, sustainability, etc.
  • Novel applications of VGI and remote sensing either web- or mobile-based
  • VGI for change detection and monitoring
  • Applications of VGI use in national mapping agencies
  • VGI for remote sensing applications related to the SDGs.

If there are other topics of relevance to this Special Issue not mentioned above, feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Dr. Linda See
Dr. Cidália Costa Fonte
Dr. Marco Minghini
Dr. Vyron Antoniou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Volunteered Geographic Information 
  • Crowdsourcing 
  • Citizen Science 
  • Classification, Data Mining and AI
  • Sample design 
  • Validation 
  • Land Cover/Land Use 
  • Change Detection 
  • SDGs

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