CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue “20 Years of OGC: Open Geo-Data, Software, and Standards”

Dear Colleagues,

The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). After two decades, OGC standards have become a key enabler of geospatial interoperability, delivering significant societal, economic and scientific benefits by integrating digital location resources into commercial and institutional processes worldwide. Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, smartphones, UAVs, sensor networks and the Internet of Things offer new ways of collecting, accessing, and analyzing geospatial information, generating an ever increasing interest in the diffusion, usage, and processing of geo-referenced data. This rapidly expanding technology domain brings exciting new challenges and opportunities to many scientific disciplines and to the geospatial interoperability research community.

You are invited to contribute to this Special Issue of ISPRS International Journal for Geo-Information, which will focus on research in the development and application of geospatial interoperability standards. This special issue will present the progress and future directions of geospatial interoperability as it applies to GIScience, computer science and to sciences in which geoprocessing has become an essential tool.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Steve Liang University of Calgary
Dr. Mohamed Bakillah GIScience Research Group, Dep. of Geography, Heidelberg University


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registeringand logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


Ÿ  Open Geospatial Consortium
Ÿ  interoperability
Ÿ  open data
Ÿ  open standards
Ÿ  web mapping
Ÿ  web processing
Ÿ  sensor web
Ÿ  Internet of Things

Deadline: Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2015

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