Special Issue: Big Data Methods and Volunteered Geographic Information in Urban Studies

With the development of information and communications technology, a huge volume of volunteered geographic information (VGI) and user-generated content (UGC) are created. Sources of Volunteered Geographic Information include collaborative mapping projects (e.g., OpenStreetMap and WikiMapia) and social media (e.g., Flickr, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook). On the one hand, VGI is densely distributed in urban areas, offering new opportunities to undertake researches in urban studies, including transport, urban planning, tourism and mobility/migration. On the other hand, collection, preprocessing and analysis of VGI data are different with those of common geo-data. Particularly, VGI and UGC contain a large volume of noisy and unstructured information. To better use VGI in urban studies, new methods and techniques need to be found and discussed. Big data methods & techniques dedicated to dealing with large-sized and complex data sets pave a way to collection, preprocessing and analysis of VGI. Moreover, data mining methods which are widely used to extract useful information from a huge volume of information could assist in analysis of VGI in the context of urban studies.

This special issue is dedicated to disseminate new progress on utilization of big data methods and VGI in urban studies. The topics are including, but not limited to:

  • Volunteered geographic information and crowdsourcing geospatial data
  • Participatory GIS and citizen science
  • Big data and smart cities
  • Utilization of VGI or UGC in transport, urban planning, tourism and environmental monitoring
  • Spatial data mining and geographic knowledge discovery in analysis of VGI or UGC
  • Individual-level or aggregate-level analysis of travel and activity behavior
  • Participatory planning and crowdsourced mapping
  • Disaster and emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) in cities

Guest Editors

Dr. Yeran Sun, University of Glasgow, Scotland (yeran.sun@glasgow.ac.uk)
Dr. Yunyan Du, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Deadline for submission of full papers: October 1st, 2016

Special Issue publication date: December 2016

Submission Instructions

Authors interested in submitting a paper to this issue should carefully read the Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards submission guidelines and submit their full paper to the journal's submission system. Submissions of articles are open from now until end of September 2016. The review process will take approximately three weeks and the articles will be published online as open access, three weeks after they have received the final acceptance.

Papers accepted for publication in this special issue are eligible to receive a publication fee waiver. To obtain this, authors are asked to send an email to Guest editor (yeran.sun@glasgow.ac.uk) with the title of their article as soon as they have submitted their article in the submission system. Further information about the journal can be found in the About section fo the Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards website.