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Open Source Geospatial Software

The use of open source software has nowadays become well-established in our society. In the geospatial domain, the creation and evolution of open source software projects are typically based on a crowdsourcing mechanism counting on communities (project leaders, users, developers, translators, etc.) from all over the world. The importance of open source geospatial software, also termed FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial), has become so high that the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) was created to support and promote its development and widespread adoption. In addition to being chosen for ethical reasons, nowadays open source geospatial software is exploited in science and research, as the transparency of code ensures reproducibility of analyses and results, and in education, as it allows sustainability by avoiding dependence on proprietary vendors. Open source geospatial software represents also an established business model for many companies worldwide. With these premises, this Special Issue invites original research contributions and/or software implementations on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourages submissions focusing on the following themes:

  • Open source/open data policies for SDI development and implementation
  • Reproducibility of analyses and results in research and science
  • Quality of open geospatial data
  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Crowdsourcing and OpenStreetMap (OSM)
  • Sensor Web and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Standardization and interoperability of open geo-data and services
  • Big geo-data storage, visualization and processing
  • Open source geospatial software in scientific research
  • Open source geospatial software in education and business
  • Management and sustainability of open source geospatial projects

The Journal of Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards welcomes submissions of various types, including “Original article”, “Review” as well as “Database article”. Apart from these article types, the Journal has a special type of article called “Software article”, where you can publish a short article about services/software of broad utility that have been developed within your project/institute. For more information about the article types, please access the Journal’s online menu Submission Guidelines and Preparing your manuscript

Guest Editors: 
Marco Minghini, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy (
Amin Mobasheri, Heidelberg University, Germany (
Victoria Rautenbach, University of Pretoria, South Africa (
Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano - DICA, Italy (

Deadline for submission of articles: November 30th , 2018
Special Issue publication date: articles will get published as soon as they are accepted.

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 article to the Journal's submission system. Submissions of articles are open from now until November 15, 2018. The first round review process will take approximately three weeks and the articles will be published online as o pen access after receiving the final acceptance. During the submission of the manuscript, please upload a cover letter indicating that you are interested to publish your work in this Special Issue. Furthermore, in case you have any questions, feel free to contact the Guest Editors. Please note that Springer applies Article Processing Charges for publishing articles. In case authors need funding support, please read the information provided here.

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