Call for Papers
This joint conference is hosted by several organizations that are inviting 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.
The submissions accepted through this call for papers will be orally presented in the parallel session tracks shown in the Program Overview.
GSDI 11 will support three primary forms of publication:
(1) a normal conference proceedings with abstracts and full articles, published on a CD,
(2) a pre-conference published book of fully refereed articles, and
(3) a post-conference special edition of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR) with full articles selected from the proceedings and then fully refereed and revised after the conference.
Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be reviewed by the GSDI-11 Conference Program Committee. Authors are limited to a maximum of two conference paper abstract submissions, whether as lead or secondary author.
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:
- Experiences in developing local, regional, national, multi-national, and global SDI initiatives, projects and programs
- Applications arising from the use of improved spatial data infrastructure including those related to poverty alleviation; environmental sustainability; e-government; e-commerce; disaster prevention, management and response; public order and safety; transportation; spatial planning; health; consumer products (e.g. navigation and gaming); managing resources such as oceans, forests, roads, rivers, housing and property (cadastre) and similar topics
- Geographic Data issues and Metadata issues
- Web-based services for discovery, access and processing
- Standards and Interoperability Issues
- Legal, Ethics, Policy, and Economic issues
- Institutional, Administrative, and Management Issues
- Emerging Participatory, Inclusive and Collaborative Approaches in Developing Content and Infrastructure (e.g. participatory GIS, geoweb tools, data commons, collaborative commercial and open source software production approaches, volunteered geographic information, global geo efforts)
- Capacity Building and Education, Knowledge Exchange (e.g. among research, development, education and professional practice communities as well as throughout society)
- Basic and Applied Research Methods and Research Results
High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Abstracts and follow-up full articles will be published in a conference proceedings volume to be made available on CD. For follow-up full paper submissions, authors retain copyright in their work but will be required to agree to a Creative Commons License to help ensure continued global access to their work over time. All publications produced for the conference, including abstracts, full papers and presentation slides, will be openly archived eventually at gsdi.org/gsdiConferences.asp
Proceedings Submission Deadlines
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2008
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: 1 February 2009
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 April 2009
Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: 15 April 2009
GSDI-11 Conference Technical Sessions: 15-19 June 2009
Abstract Submission Process
Web Submission of Abstract: Please submit your 250-500 word abstract through the GSDI-11 Conference Submission 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. 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 of Abstract: 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 email@example.com with an email subject line of GSDI-11 Abstract Submission by <your last name>. The administrator will then submit it to the web site system for you.
Acceptance of Abstract: If your abstract is accepted by the review team and you pay the conference registration fee by the specified deadline, your submission will be scheduled in an appropriate session for oral presentation at the conference.
Final Paper Submission Process: If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before 1 April 2009 for inclusion in the GSDI-11 Conference Proceedings. The full article should be submitted in Word or other editable form (NOT pdf) and should adhere to the sample GSDI manuscript template. For this conference the GSDI manuscript template should be considered synonymous with the Manuscript Template of the International Journal of SDI Research. To submit through the web interface, return to the same GSDI-11 Conference Submission Management System and follow the instructions and options for submitting the final version of your full paper. Your previously received automated e-mail contains your password. If you forget your password do NOT make a new submission but rather contact the administrator. Thus, send the paper to firstname.lastname@example.org with an email subject line of GSDI-11 Abstract Submission by <your last name>.
Publication and Licensing Issues
Abstracts and follow-up full articles 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 and presentation slides will be openly archived eventually at http://gsdi.org/gsdiConferences.asp
Full papers, consisting of 5,000-word manuscripts, will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international GSDI-11 Peer Review Board. Manuscripts should describe original work that has not been published before.
Final Papers must be written in English (although the initial abstract and first version of the paper may be in Spanish), include an abstract, conform with the sample manuscript template and be submitted electronically. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and will be published in book form as a refereed conference document tentatively titled Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Research, Emerging Trends, and Critical Assessment. Authors will retain copyright in their work but will be required to submit a Creative Commons License to help ensure continued global access to their work over time. Any submissions not accepted for the book will be forwarded for consideration under the abstract review process for the conference and for the Special Issue of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Reserach. The special issue will accomodate scholarly articles that may be more case history based.
Full-length paper submissions for the book will be expected to address fundamental theory or research in any area of spatial data infrastructure advancement. Submissions in this category might:
- test or analyze innovative approaches in addressing technical, legal, economic, or institutional challenges;
- critically assess current spatial data infrastructure initiatives;
- document and analyze successes and challenges to be found in standards efforts, data harmonization efforts, and case histories;
- describe conceptual models that incorporate emerging or future technological, institutional, economic, legal or combined solutions in overcoming spatial data sharing impediments;
- compare or analyze existing alternative approaches or models for planning, financing, and implementing SDI or related initiatives in different countries or regions of the world and assess the effects of policy and technical choices in addressing cultural, social and economic issues;
- assess whether SDI projects are achieving programmatic goals or broader goals such as supporting national economic competitiveness, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of government and advancing health, safety, and social well-being;
- critically examine best practices in terms of their policy, technological, institutional and financial approaches and their ultimate effects on improving efficiency, effectiveness, and equity;
- identify and assess the implications of various practices and approaches on local, state, provincial, national, trans-national and global stakeholders with a particular emphasis of ramifications on developing nations.
The article must adhere to the specifications set forth in the Manuscript Template of the International Journal of SDI Research.
Full Article Submission Deadlines for Peer-Reviewed Book
Deadline for Submission of Full Papers for Consideration in the Book: 1 December 2008
Notification of Acceptance or Conditional Acceptance to Authors: 15 January 2009
Deadline for Submission of Revised Papers and All Signed Forms: 15 March 2009
Deadline for Full Conference Registration Payment for All Presenters (at least one co-author): 15 April 2009
GSDI-11 Conference Technical Sessions: 15-19 June 2009
Articles accepted for the book automatically are accepted for and must be presented by the author(s) at the GSDI 11 Conference.
If your paper has been accepted for the book, you must submit before 15 March 2009 the following required documents:The required signed forms that must be submitted with the final revised paper before 15 March 2009 include:
- The revised version of the article accommodating the comments of the reviewers. Before the final submission, please revise the margins to meet the requirements of the book publisher by adhering to the margin requirements at Revised Margins for Book Template. Submit the revised article to the GSDI-11 Conference Submission Management System under the Re-Upload Paper link.
- Please send an email to email@example.com that contains a copy of the reviews. After each reviewer comment provide an explanation as to how that comment has been addressed and where in the paper the revision may be found. Alternatively, explain in detail why you believe a revision in this instance would be inappropriate.
- Signed copy of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
- Letter of Agreement with Foreign Rights to the GSDI 11 Book publisher
- Spreadsheet listing and documenting all Figures, Graphics, Maps, Tables and Datasets Used in the Article. Note: Because signed permissions for the use of graphics, photos, maps, charts, diagrams, tables, portions of tables or other significant extracts from other publishers may involve a lengthy process, we highly recommend that you refrain from copying materials from other published materials to the greatest extent possible. If another publisher decides to charge a royalty or other payment for a figure, image or extract of material, the author is responsible to make all such payments
- Signed copyright permission form for any material that you extracted from the works of any other author or publisher. A new form for each source from which material was extracted.
Revised articles that fail to adequately address the comments of reviewers as assessed by the editors or fail to meet required formatting requirements or deadlines will be dropped from the book at the sole discretion of the editors.
Full Article Submission Process
Web Submission: Please submit your full article along with its abstract through the GSDI-11 Conference Submission Management System. Cut and paste the abstract into the form but also retain the abstract as part of the full paper.
E-mail Submission: We highly encourage submission through the web. However, if your paper is too large for the system, deliver it to firstname.lastname@example.org with an email subject line of GSDI-11 Refereed Article Submission by <your last name>.
(3) Article Selection for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJSDIR)
A post-conference special edition of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJSDIR) will be published. Full articles submitted to the conference proceedings will be reviewed and a limited number will be invited for submission to a full refereeing process after the conference. Articles adhering to the length and topical areas described under (2) above will be of the highest priority for consideration for this post-conference refereed publication. After revisions in accordance with the critiques of reviewers, most of the invited articles are likely to be included in a special issue of IJSDIR. The final document needs to adhere to the Article Formatting Requirements of the International Journal of SDI Research.