Geo-spatial Information Science Special Issue Call for Papers

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)-Analytics

Geo-spatial Information Science

Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS) invites you to submit your paper to this forthcoming special issue on: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)-Analytics.

Aims and Scope

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media data have become part of our everyday lives over the past few years. Whereas in the early beginnings of crowd-sourced data the collection occurred primarily to isolated, individual platforms, contribution patterns are now beginning to be more intertwined between different platforms, both at the application level and at the user side. This means that crowd-sourcing applications nowadays begin to offer opportunities to share data between them during data collection and contribution processes, for example, by tweeting an Instagram image or by viewing a Mapillary image layer while editing OpenStreetMap data.

The advancement on the application side can lead to novel analysis methods of user contribution patterns. Recent data contribution trends show also that geographic data are beginning to be linked across different VGI and social media platforms. The number of VGI and social media platforms is continuously growing, providing new data sets to be analysed.

We organize the Special Issue for the international journal Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS) in order to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions, innovative analysis approaches, current data fusion methods, real-world applications using cross-linked data, and novel crowd-sourcing and social media platforms.

The topic will include, but not be limited to, the following themes:

  • Joint analysis of crowd-sourced VGI/social media data originating from different data sources
  • Technical aspects of crowd-sourced data fusion
  • Spatio-temporal analysis of activity patterns for individual users across multiple VGI and/or social media platforms
  • Quality assessment of VGI/social media data through analysis of data from different platforms
  • Analysis of cross-linked data and cross-link editing methods in VGI and social media platforms and its applications
  • New sources of VGI and social media data
  • VGI across different regions and cultures
  • Semantic issues arising from the conflation or cross-linkage of several different sources of VGI
  • Tailoring VGI for different applications

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted online: here.

Submitted articles should not have been published previously, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. All accepted manuscripts will be published open access in GSIS.

All article publishing charges (APC) will be covered by Wuhan University, so you can enjoy the benefits of publishing open access at no cost. Authors are recommended to prepare their manuscript by following the full instructions for authors: here.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for full paper manuscripts: June 9, 2017
  • Submission deadline of finalized manuscripts: June 30, 2017
  • Final notification of acceptance/rejection: July 22, 2017
  • Expected inclusion in an issue: September−October, 2017

Editorial information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Peter Mooney, Maynooth University, Ireland (
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Alexander Zipf, University of Heidelberg, Germany (
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Jamal Jokar, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark (
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Hartwig H. Hochmair, University of Florida, United States (