Call for Papers

Get the full call for papers document (pdf).

Authors are invited to submit contributions based on the symposium overview. The scientific advisory board has been selected to cover a wide range of interdisciplinary geospatial expertise. Therefore, there is no limit on list of themes the program committee wants to include in the symposium.

Moreover, OGRS stands now for Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium, which now includes an education component. The program committee therefore strongly encourages authors to also submit abstracts with an educational focus.

OGRS2012 will include several types of presentations (read the instructions for presenting)

  • Oral presentations:

Presentations will be grouped by theme and scheduled in several research and education sessions. The scientific advisory board expects original and recent research results, educational practices, and innovation experiences, including the use and development of open source software. Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

  • Workshops:

A workshop is an interactive session on a specific theme with an educational component, reinforcing the education side of the symposium. Workshop leaders will demonstrate and explain how tools are used to solve typical problems in a given research field. This includes development aspects, for instance on how to create of a software plugin tailored to answer new issues. Each workshop will be allotted three hours.

  • Poster presentations:

Posters will be exhibited throughout the symposium. The expectation for a poster contribution is recent research results, educational practices, and innovative experience with open source software. Poster presenters will participate in a speed presentation session (5 minutes per speaker) at the start of the poster session. In-depth discussions between authors and attendees will follow. Poster sessions last 90 minutes.

  • Proposals for discussion groups (round tables):

To stimulate in-depth interaction, the symposium will offer 90 minutes discussion groups. Authors can submit a subject for discussion group. The author must justify why the topic is appropriate and significant, mention the expected outcomes and, if appropriate, explain how the discussion of the outcomes will be implemented.

Submission and publication

To participate in any of the above opportunities, authors are asked to submit an extended abstract through the conference website. The submission deadline is extended to June 15, 2012. The official language is English.

An international scientific advisory board will review and select abstracts for inclusion in the symposium program and publication in the symposium proceedings. A subset of contributions will be invited to submit full papers for possible publication in a special issue of the Journal of Spatial Information Sciences (JOSIS), pending a peer review of full papers.

Authors will be notified by June 30, 2012 on program inclusion and selection for JOSIS submission. The deadline to submit full papers is November 12, 2012.

Author Guidelines

To submit an extended abstract, the author has to create an account.

The author is asked to fill in a simple submission form. More than one author may be added (please list the presenting author first). The form requires then a title with an abstract text of 1000 to 1500 words (references and keywords excluded).

Moreover, the author may provide illustrations, figures and tables as supplementary image files to help the reviewer to understand the work.

The author shall provide separately a list of references followed by a list of keywords to charaterizes at best the work. Use the references textarea for both lists. References must be listed in the numerical system (ACM). Citations must be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text. Full numbered references must be listed in the reference section in alphabetical order. Use commas for multiple citations like this [3,4].

Examples of citation styles included in the bibliography include journal articles [1], edited and authored books [4], articles in proceedings and collections [3], technical reports and booklets [2], web site "document" [5] :

[1] DIJKSTRA, E. A note on two problems in connexion with graphs. Numerische Mathematik 1 (1959), 269–271.

[2] GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS. Universal declaration of human rights. United Nations Resolution 217 A (III), December 1948.

[3] KARP, B., AND KUNG, H. T. GPSR: Greedy Perimeter Stateless Routing for Wireless Networks. In MobiCom ’00: Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (New York, NY, USA, 2000), ACM Press, pp. 243–254.

[4] MANDELBROT, B. Fractals, Form, Chance and Dimension. Freeman, San Francisco, 1977.

[5] THORNBURG, H. 2001. Introduction to Bayesian Statistics. Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Retrieved August 2, 2012 from

Notice for the latter [5], a web site "document" reference is composed of : author(s)  followed by period, year of publication (if known) followed by period, title of 'document' followed by period, name of site (if given) followed by period, date accessed (use 'Retrieved' followed by date as Month DD, YYYY followed by 'from' web address.

There is no other specific formatting requirements. The submission form offers minimalistic styling functionnalities which are good enough for a 1000 to 1500 words abstract text (e.g. use bold to present a title of section).

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2012-06-16.

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