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Special Session: Urban Geoinformatics - 
Citizen Engagement and VGI Analytics for Smart Cities


In the past few years, geographic information generated by citizens (volunteered geographic information - VGI) has emerged as an additional information source for better understanding urban processes and designing innovative solutions towards the vision of the so-called “smart cities”. However, while much research has been carried out to study VGI and develop concepts related to smart cities, the contribution of a GIScience perspective to better understand and practically improve city management relying upon citizen engagement and VGI still need further investigation. This special session discusses the idea of tackling this issue using a variety of human and technical sensors (in-situ and remote) together with VGI to produce unseen information layers in near real time.

We invite contributions from practically oriented research, which propose innovative analytical methods as well as concrete implementations in a variety of target areas including environmental monitoring, urban resilience and disaster risk reduction, public health surveillance, coordination of action forces, or public safety.

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper or poster. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website until Feb. 1, 2019 and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Authors of accepted full and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers in the special symposium. For guidelines on submission, please check the Journal Instructions for Authors. Accepted full and short papers will be published in the Open Access GI_Forum Journal. Publication will be online (see The publication is included in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. We also invite contributions to a poster session to be held within the symposium. Posters will be published online through the conference website.

Call for Papers is open from October 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Call for Poster submission is open from October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019

Contribution Submission


Ass.-Prof. Dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (University of Salzburg)

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