International Journal of Geographical Information Science Special Issue Call for Papers: Crowdsourced Geospatial Data Quality: Challenges and Future Directions

International Journal of Geographical Information Science

The Theme and Scope

 A decade ago, Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI) was identified as a new source of information that would blur the traditional boundary between producers and the consumers of data (Goodchild, 2007). While this form of information has been recognized by multiple names, including crowdsourced geospatial data, citizen science, and user generated geographical content, to name but a few. Despite the success and popularity of many VGI projects, such as OpenStreetMap (OSM), researchers continue questioning the reliability and fitness for use of crowdsourced data (Senaratne et al. 2017, Basiri et al. 2016, Arsanjani et al. 2015, Koukoletsos et al. 2012, Salk et al. 2015). These issues have impeded the adoption of crowdsourced geospatial data in research projects.

This special issue aims to review research progresses over the last decade on issues relating quality and biases of crowdsourced geospatial data as well as provide outlooks to the future research opportunities for the second decade of VGI research. The special issue invites original contributions to address these issues towards a good understading of the limitations, requirements, quality, biases and impacts of using crowdsourced geospatial data. The understanding may lead to the development of new (technical, societal, and/or academic) approaches to improve the quality of crowdsourced data, or the practices of its use. We welcome submissions from diverse disciplines, including Computer Science, Geographic Information Science, Statistics, Citizen Science, Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors, Data Science, Social Sciences, Positioning and Navigation, Smart City, Internet of Things and Big Data, Database Management, and many others.

Example Topics

The special issue will place emphasis on quality issues related to crowdsourced geospatial data. Example topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Quality and trust aspects of crowdsourced data
  • Privacy and trust issues associated with crowdsourcing
  • Demographic biases (age, social, geographical, cultural, or educational diversity) and the impacts on the quality of crowdsourced data
  • Fitness for purpose of crowdsourced data and consistency across data sources
  • Social, political, legal and cultural implications of crowdsourcing and citizen science
  • Inference and cross-reference of  crowdsourced data
  • Technological development and best practices for crowdsourced data contribution  
  • Future directions of crowdsourcing projects

Submission Procedure

Submissions to the special issue are open to all scholars. Interested scholars must notify the guest editors of their intention by sending the title and a short abstract (250 words) to Ana Basiri ( by 5th May. An invitation of a full paper submission will be made no later than 19th May. Invitations for full paper submissions do not guarantee eventual acceptance for publications. All full papers shall be submitted to the journal’s Manuscript Central site, ScholarOne (  All submissions will go through the standard IJGIS double-blind peer review process by three reviewers. All submissions need to follow instructions for authors ( Any form of publication of papers (particularly in conference proceedings as anything other than short abstracts) would not be considered for the special issue. IJGIS considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been subnmitted only to the jounal (i.e. No submissions should be considered simultaneously by IJGIS and other journals)

Important Dates

  • Abstracts (no more than 250 words) due: 5th May 2017
  • Decisions on abstracts: on 19th May 2017
  • Full Papers due 1st September 2017
  • The first round of peer reviews by early November 2017
  • The second round of peer reviews for revisions by the end of December 2017
  • Final revised manuscripts by early February 2018
  • Third round of reviews if necessary by the end of February 2018
  • Expected final editorial decisions on SI manuscripts: March 2018

Special Issue Guest Editors

Dr Anahid Basiri (The University of Southampton,

Professor Muki Haklay (University College London,

Professor Giles Foody (the University of Nottingham,

Dr Peter Mooney (Maynooth University,

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