Call for Papers
Synopsis: Recent advancements in geospatial and cyber technologies, combined with a population that is well informed and interested in global issues, have cultivated an environment in which scientific research can potentially benefit significantly from the enormous volume of data that can be provided by citizens through their offering of volunteered geographic information (VGI). Social networks also provide a vast volume of VGI that can include observations (e.g. vegetation, critical infrastructures), measurements (e.g. temperature), and even personal perspectives and experiences in the form of images, videos, and text. However, the value of VGI is still largely limited to satisfying the intellectual curiosity of the common public. The critical challenge that faces the research and operational communities is to assess the quality of VGI by understanding and assessing its authenticity, validity, and uncertainty. Determining the most appropriate sources of data, promoting the involvement of those sources, acquiring accurate and useful information, assessing and communicating the accuracy of the data, and ultimately connecting these data with scientific research are key issues that need to be addressed in this context.
Target Audience: This workshop aims to bring leading researchers and practitioners from the fields of geographic information science to discuss this important topic and to define and describe a set of preliminary research topics for the community to pursue. We solicit short original research contributions (position papers or summary of current research) that address the key theme of this workshop. The workshop will be organized around discussions, also including short discussion papers, some keynote presentations by leading researchers, and a poster session to accommodate selected submissions.
Topics: While the workshop will have a special focus on questions of quality and credibility related to VGI, the workshop will more broadly discuss a larger number of topics of interest. Topics include but are not limited to
Paper Submission: Participants should submit a short (2 page) discussion paper that either presents a specific problem in the context of VGI, presents current research related to VGI, or discuss some novel research ideas related to VGI. The authors are requested to stress the multidisciplinary character of their approaches and their relevance to the theme of the workshop. We encourage submissions presenting early stages of cutting-edge research and development. We also strongly encourage submissions from PhD students, even at an early stage of their research. Submission of a 2-page CV is also required with the discussion papers. Submissions should be uploaded at: https://www.ornl.gov/giscience2012/.
Deadline for Paper Submission: June 9th, 2012
Please email your submission to Angela Trott (firstname.lastname@example.org).