Call for papers: Special issue of International Journal of Cartography

The role of
spatial data infrastructures, standards, open data and open source software
in mapping

Ever-increasing volumes of geographic information pose challenges for making geographic information available and usable in maps. In celebration of the International Cartographic Association’s International Map Year 2015/16, we invite original research contributions on the role of spatial data infrastructures (SDI), standards, open data and open source software in mapping for a special issue of the International Journal of Cartography.

The discovery, access, exchange and sharing of geographic information and services among stakeholders from different levels in the spatial data community is facilitated through a SDI. Standards are key for the quality and development of interoperable geographic information and geospatial software. The drive for access to geographic information has led to its publication as open data, i.e. freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. According to a report by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the use of open source software solutions is likely to increase significantly in the future as a viable alternative to proprietary suppliers. Open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open data policies are therefore significant for SDI development and implementation.

This special issue follows on SDI-Open 2015, a pre-conferenece workshop of the 27th International Cartographic Conference, titled Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015), which was jointly organized by the Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) on 20 and 21 August at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While workshop presenters will be invited to submit expanded versions of the extended abstracts presented at SDI-Open 2015, the call is now open to all researchers. Please follow the journal’s Instructions for authors.

Important dates
Call for papers opens:            14 December 2015
Paper submission:                  1 March 2016
Notification of acceptance:     1 June 2016
Publication of special issue:    1 December

Guest editors
Serena Coetzee (Chair: ICA Commission on SDI and Standards)
Franz-Josef Behr (Vice-Chair: ICA Commission on SDI and Standards)
Antony Cooper (Former Chair: ICA Commission on SDI and Standards)
Silvana Camboim (Chair: ICA Commission on Opensource Geospatial Technologies)
Michael Finn (Vice-Chair: ICA Commission on Opensource Geospatial Technologies)

Commission websites
Commission on SDI and Standards:
Commission on Opensource Geospatial Technologies

SDI-Open 2015: Final programme

Thursday (20 August): Commission meetings
9:00 Arrival and registration
9:30 ICA Commissions (SDI/Open Source) – Preparation for Main Conference Business Meeting
10:30 Break
11:00 Geo For All Presentation (Silvana Camboim)
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Joint Commission Meeting, part I
15:00 Break
15:30 Joint Commission Meeting, part II
15:30 Closure
16:00 Special Tour – Maracana Football Stadium (R$ 36,00 per person, around US$ 12,00). More information:
Friday (21 August): Open source and open standards in spatial data infrastructures – Case studies
8:30 Arrival and registration
Session 1, Chair: Silvana Camboim
9:00 Welcome: João Bosco de Azevedo (IBGE), Luis Cavalcanti Bahiana (Brazilian NSDI), Prof Harald Moellering, First Chair: ICA Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards
9:30 NSDI-BR – A historical and contemporary analysis, Presenter: Rogério Borba
9:50 The Australian National Map, Presenter: Peter Leihn
10:10 Open standards and formats used in the implementation of a marine spatial data infrastructure at the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation of the Brazilian Navy, Presenter: Juan Caraballini
10:30 Break
Session 2, Chair: Antony Cooper
11:00  SDI – National to Global: perspectives from the UK academic sector, Presenter: Conor Smyth
11:20  A decade of geoinformation sharing at ETH Zurich, Presenter: Ionut Iosifescu
11:40  Discussing the role of university in spatial data infrastructure construction: issues and challenges for UERJ-V-SDI, Presenter: Jose Augusto Ramos
12:00  Lunch
Session 3, Chair: Trevor Taylor
14:00  Using open source software and open standards for implementing a European spatial data infrastructure via service cascade, Presenter: Lassi Lehto
14:20  Interoperable provision of geodata and services according to the INSPIRE Directive in German geoportal sites, Presenter: Franz-Josef Behr
14:40  Geoportal MTOP, Presenter: Ana Fernández and Melissa Robert
15:00  Break
Session 4, Chair: Serena Coetzee
15:20  Conceptual data modeling in the geospatial information technology toolkit (gittok), Presenter: Morishige Ota
15:40  A solution for processing large files in the LASer (LAS) format using the message passing interface (MPI) and parallel file systems, Presenter: Michael Finn
16:00  Closure
19:30  Rio Scenarium (samba bar/restaurant). More Information: ($R30 reals, around US$ 10)

SDI-Open 2015 – submission deadline extended to 16 March 2015

The deadline for submissions of extended abstracts to the pre-conference workshop at IBGE in Rio de Janeiro, jointly organized by the Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), on 20 and 21 August 2015 has been extended to 16 March.
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