Call for Papers

GSDI 10 invites presentations covering the full range of practice, development and research experiences that advance the practice and theory of spatial data infrastructure development. Consult the suggested Conference Topics.

While GSDI 10 will address the full range of spatial data infrastructure topics, the selected theme of GSDI 10 is "Small Island Perspectives on Global Challenges: The Role of Spatial Data in Supporting a Sustainable Future" and submissions addressing spatial data infrastructure concepts in addressing the pressing needs of small island nations are of particular interest. Among these pressing concerns include:

  • sustainable development (e.g. pressures of tourism, preservation and conservation versus land and resource development),
  • disaster prevention, warning, management, response, and recovery (e.g. hurricanes, earth quakes, tsunamis, sea level rise)
  • alleviation of poverty and crime,
  • economic development,
  • lessening the digital divide including access to information technologies,
  • ensuring food security,
  • support of transportation, health and communication systems, and
  • facilitating land ownership

Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be reviewed by the GSDI-10 Conference Program Committee. Authors are limited to a maximum of two abstract submissions as lead author whether for oral or poster presentations.

Presentations will be organized in the following tracks, but authors are invited as well to submit presentations that fall outside of these topical tracks. The tracks identified by number are as follows:

1 - Experiences in developing local, regional, national, multi-national, and global SDI Initiatives, Projects and Programs

2 - Applications including Small Island Perspectives on Global Challenges: The Role of Spatial Data in Supporting Sustainable Development (see bulletted list above)

3 - Geographic Data Issues and Metadata Issues

4 - Clearinghouses, Registries, Portals, Archives and Search

5 - Web-based Services

6 - Standards

7 - Legal, Ethics, Policy, and Economic Issues

8 - Institutional, Administrative, and Management Issues

9 - Emerging Participatory, Inclusive and Collaborative Approaches in Developing Content and Infrastructure (e.g. PPGIS, Google Earth, UNSDI, GEOSS, data commons, open source)

10 - Capacity Building and Education

11 - Basic and Applied Research Methods and Research Results

12 - Other

High-quality submissions will be accepted either for oral presentation at the conference or as a poster.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of Abstracts - September 15, 2007
Notification of Presentation and Poster Acceptances - October 15, 2007
Deadline for submission of full Papers and Posters - December 15, 2007
Opening of GSDI-10 Conference - February 25, 2008

Abstract Submission Process

Web Submission: Please submit your 250-500 word abstract through the GSDI-10 Conference Paper Management System. Do NOT upload your abstract. Rather cut and paste your abstract into the form window for the abstract. You have the option as well of uploading your full paper if the paper is ready. See below the final paper format requirements and the description of the two-phase refereeing process. If not ready, you may return to the site at any time to upload a new or revised paper. Save the automated e-mail you will receive that contains your password. If you forget your password do NOT make a new submission but rather contact the administrator.

E-mail Submission: We highly encourage submission through the web. However, if your web access is limited and you would prefer to make a submission by e-mail, then please do the following. Include paper title, author's name, affiliation, mailing address and email address followed by the text of the abstract. At the very end on a separate line, indicate the number of the track listed above in which your presentation might best fit. On a further separate line indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation. The abstract submission should be left justified in entirety, written in English, 12-point, Times font, single-spaced with no bold, italic, or underlined text. Submit the abstract to with an email subject line of GSDI-10 Abstract Submission. He will then submit it to the web site system for you.

Final Paper Submission Process

If your abstract is accepted for a paper presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before December 15, 2007. The full article should be submitted in Word or other editable form (not pdf) and should adhere to the sample GSDI manuscript template (ManuscriptTmplt.doc) (ManuscriptTmplt.rtf) or alternatively the IJSDIR manuscript template (IJSDIRtemplate.doc). All full papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed by a special issue Editorial Review Committee of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research. Reviewing will occur in two phases. The phase 1 review will occur immediately after the abstract deadline with some papers potentially conditionally accepted for publication at that time. The phase 2 review will occur after December 15. In both phases, high quality papers addressing substantial research questions will be invited to be revised in response to reviewer comments and suggestions. Papers passing the review will be invited for inclusion in a special GSDI 10 issue of the journal.

Web Submission of Final Paper: If submitting through the web interface, return to the same on-line GSDI-10 Conference Paper Management System and follow the instructions and options for submitting the final version of your full paper.

E-mail Submission of Final Paper: If submitting by e-mail, send the paper to with an email subject line of GSDI-10 Paper Submission.

Poster Submission Process

If accepted, a poster should be prepared that is no larger than 48" wide and 36" high. Presenters are responsible for bringing the printed poster to the conference and posting it in the assigned location. We also require a digital file for the poster. Preference is for a single high-resolution pdf file or PowerPoint slide (change the size of the slide at file -> page setup). The poster digital file may be submitted in advance by e-mailing it to or, if very large, mailing the file on a CD to Harlan Onsrud, GSDI Association, 5711 Boardman Hall, Room 340, University of Maine. Orono, ME 04469-5711, USA. Alternatively, hand in a copy of the digital poster file on a CD at the poster session in Trinidad.

Publication and Licensing Issues

Abstracts and follow-up full articles and posters will be published in a conference proceedings volume to be made available on CD and later archived on the Web. Authors retain copyright in their work but through the act of submission to this conference are agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License for their work to help ensure continued global access to the work over time. All publications produced for the conference, including abstracts, full papers, presentation slides, and posters will be openly archived eventually at