VGI-HATcH: Workshop at AGILE 2019 in Limassol, Cyprus (June 17, 2019)

We are organizing a workshop at the AGILE 2019 conference which will be held this June in Limassol, Cyprus. The workshop is titled as “VGI HATcH – Using Volunteered Geographic Information for Help and Assistance in Transport and Humanitarian operations”. Consider submitting your contributions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers and practitioners to share ideas and findings on innovative methods for the spatio-temporal analysis of crowd-sourced data, to demonstrate real-world applications using data from different crowd-sourcing platforms, and to discuss technical questions and innovations on data access and data fusion. The first portion of the workshop consists of short paper presentations under the general workshop theme. The second portion focuses on showcasing practical applications of VGI and social media. This includes but is not limited to: demonstrations of successful examples of using VGI/social media for humanitarian operations; use of VGI/social media for decision support in government on health societal or transport issues; use of VGI/social media or Open Data for improvement of base maps; short tutorials or demonstration of VGI/social media data analysis methods and data extraction from various online resources. Accepted papers and abstracts will be uploaded to the workshop Website. The workshop editors plan to host a special issue in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information journal as a follow up to the workshop. Workshop presenters will be invited to submit full papers.

We are looking for short paper or demo submissions in this domain.

VGI HATcH Workshop Topics

The principal topics for consideration in the workshop are outlined as follows:

  • Use of VGI/social media in emergency/crisis detection and humanitarian operations
  • Mobility analysis, green transportation, and health in the context of big data
  • Real world applications of VGI/social media in crisis management, health, urban and transportation planning
  • VGI/social media and decision support and government
  • VGI/social media and open data
  • Activity patterns for individual users across multiple VGI/social media platforms
  • Introduction of novel VGI or social media data sources
  • Recent developments in spatial data access from VGI/social media platforms (e.g. APIs, frameworks)
  • Joint analysis and data fusion of VGI/social media from different sources
  • Data privacy and accessibility

VGI-HATcH: Call for Contributions

This workshop welcomes two types of contributions:
1) Short paper: Submission format is a workshop short paper (2000 to 3000-word manuscript). Authors are requested to follow the formatting guidelines for short paper submissions on the AGILE 2019 call for papers page and use theWord .doc template or the Word .docx template.
(2) Abstracts for demonstration/short tutorial: Provide an abstract (up to 250 words) describing the proposed VGI/social media application showcase, or software/analysis/programming demo or tutorial.

Short papers and abstracts should be submitted directly via e-mail to Dr. Levente Juhász at ljuhasz AT fiu DOT edu.

VGI-HATcH Important Dates

  • 15 April 2019: Submission deadline for workshop papers
  • 29 April 2019: Notification of acceptance for workshop papers
  • 06 May 2019: Early Registration Ends
  • 07 June 2019: Camera ready copies of workshop papers due
  • 17 June 2019: VGI-HATcH Workshop at AGILE 2019

More info can be found on the workshop website at Any questions, feel free to ask.

Workshop organizers:

We are proud to organise VGI-HATcH as another AGILE pre-conference workshop which is part of series of successful previous workshops. Indeed we as workshop organisers have been working together in this research area for several years now.