Call for Abstracts and Papers

(Francais Appel)


We are delighted to announce that the GSDI World Conference (GSDI 14) and AfricaGIS 2013 will be jointly held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa Conference Center in Addis Ababa from November 4-8, 2013. The conference theme is Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.

AfricaGIS is the largest regularly occurring GIS conference in Africa with participants from the entirety of the continent. The GSDI World Conference has built a reputation for excellence in content and moves across the globe to offer geospatial specialists in all parts of the world opportunities to better exchange ideas and learn from global peers in building spatial data infrastructure.

This combined and fully integrated conference offers numerous opportunities for oral presentations and refereed and non-refereed publication outlets. We invite presentations covering the full range of practice, development and research experiences that advance the practice and theory of spatially enabling citizens, government, and industry. Consult the suggested Conference Topics.

This call supports two primary forms of publication:
(1) a conference proceedings with abstracts for all accepted submissions and refereed or non-refereed full papers for some of the submissions, and
(2) a pre-conference published book containing fully refereed articles. The tentative title is Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction: Research, Development and Education Perspectives.

All submissions accepted through this call for abstracts and papers will be orally presented in the parallel session tracks shown in the Program Overview.

Both the Conference Proceedings and the Conference Book will be distributed on a USB drive to each conference participant and archived on the web. The book will be made available in several standard e-reader formats (i.e. ePub for Nook, mobi for Kindle, pdf, etc). Bound paper copies of the book will be accessible through On Demand book printers. Past open access refereed books published by GSDI are available at and past world conference proceedings are available at

(1) Call for Conference Proceedings Submissions

Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be reviewed by the AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI 14 Conference Program Committee and the Proceedings Review Committee. Authors are limited to acceptance of a maximum of two conference paper abstract submissions, whether as lead or secondary author. All submissions should be in English. While the official language is English, abstract submissions in French will be accepted and French language presentations will be grouped at the conference.

Presentations will be organized in 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. Spatially enabling citizens through emerging participatory, inclusive or collaborative approaches in developing geospatial content and building infrastructure. This topical area includes efforts and approaches incorporating concepts such as participatory GIS, volunteered geographic information, crowd sourcing, use of mobile technologies and real-time wireless feeds, geoweb tools, data commons sharing approaches, and open source or cloud-shared software approaches.
  2. Spatially enabling government through information infrastructure development in support of such applications as land administration, disaster prevention and management, emergency response, transportation planning, e-government such as online permit and license services, environmental monitoring and similar spatially-dependent functions of government.
  3. Spatially enabling small businesses to large industries through information infrastructure development to improve decision making in support of applications such as enterprise operation management, facilities and property management, fleet management, product tracking, direct marketing, environmental and resource management and through development of consumer products and services.
  4. Spatially enabling economic development and poverty reduction (conference theme submissions) related to such issues as sustainable development; economic development; alleviation of poverty and crime; lessening the digital divide including access to information technologies; ensuring food security; support of transportation, health and communication systems; disaster prevention, warning, management, response, and recovery; and facilitating land ownership.
  5. Experiences and case studies in developing spatial data infrastructure in all of its existing and emerging forms at local, regional, national and multi-national levels and their evaluation.
  6. Technical challenges in design and development of depositories, portals, and registries for geographic data, metadata and services including but not limited to issues surrounding interoperability, content and meta data standards, web map services, web feature services, web coverage services and catalogue services as well as emerging architecures incorporating such concepts as cloud computing.
  7. Legal, economic and institutional challenges in implementing spatial data infrastructure concepts, components, systems and geospatial technologies. These challenges and the approaches to addressing them might include but are not limited to such topics as (a) barriers to and methods for achieving success in sharing geospatial data, (b) alternative methods and models for planning, financing and implementing spatial data infrastructure or related initiatives, and (c) policies supporting creation and responsible management of spatial data infrastructure resources.
  8. Basic and applied research in advancing spatial data infrastructure theory and concepts including but limited to studies addressing spatial data integration, interoperability, presentation of spatial information, quality issues, space and time aspects of social networking, spatial decision-support systems and social science research germane to the use, value and management of geospatial information.
  9. Assessment and measurement in determining whether infrastructure initiatives are actually achieving such goals as: (a) increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the management of information; (b) helping to advance health, education, social welfare, security, and safety; (c) better managing resources such as oceans, forests, roads, rivers, property and housing; and (d) similar societal goals.
  10. Education and capacity building efforts. In additional to educational initiatives and capacity building generally, this topic includes the particular challenges faced by developing nations and progress made in developing geospatial information infrastructure and garnering international support.
  11. Industry showcase presentations highlighting the latest products and services provided by geospatial companies, agencies and others in meeting the needs of geospatial technology users and clients across all sectors.
  12. Other

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 a usb drive. 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

Proceedings Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2013 (was extended due to numerous requests)
Deadline for submission of full papers (if author wants consideration for acceptance as a refereed article in the proceedings): 31 May 2013 (extended due to numerous requests)

Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstract for paper session or poster presentation: 1 July 2013
Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted paper as a refereed proceedings article: 1 July 2013

Deadline for revisions to accepted refereed proceedings articles: 1 Sept 2013
Deadline for submission of non-refereed full papers for the proceedings: 1 Sept 2013

Deadline for full conference registration payment for all oral presenters: 15 Sept 2013

Conference Dates: 4-8 November 2013


Abstract Submission Process

Web Submission of Abstract: Please submit your 250-500 word abstract through the GSDI-14 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 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. 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-14 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. Depending on space limitations, a limited number of submissions may be accepted for a Lightning Round Presentation Session and, if openings occur in the regular oral program, Lightning Round presenters will be invited to fill the longer speaking slots. If offered a regular slot you do not need to accept because many presenters highly prefer participating in the fast-action lightning round which often has larger audiences.

Final Paper Submission Process: If your abstract is accepted for a regular or Lightning Round oral presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before 1 September 2013 for inclusion in the AfricaGIS and GSDI 14 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-14 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 and paper ID number. If you forget your password do NOT make a new submission but rather generate a new password using the system. If all else fails, send the paper, your paper ID number, and password to and he will upload the paper for you. Make the email subject line: GSDI-14 Final Paper 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 a usb stick and later archived on the Web. Authors retain copyright in their work but through the act of submission to this conference you are agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License for your 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

(2) Call for Article Submissions for the Fully Refereed Book

Full papers, consisting of 5,000-word manuscripts, will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international AfricaGIS and GSDI 14 Conference Peer Review Board. Manuscripts should describe original work that has not been published before.

Papers must be written in English, 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 a book as refereed chapters in a volume tentatively titled Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction: Research, Development and Education Perspectives. Authors will 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.

Although a full paper might be deemed of high quality, the subject matter of some submissions may be inappropriate for inclusion in the the book volume. Such submissions may still be considered as refereed submissions for the conference proceedings assuming that edits suggested by the reviewers are accommodated and submitted on time. Refereed conference articles will be so designated within the conference proceedings.

Full-length paper submissions for the book will be expected to address fundamental theory or research in any area of spatially enabling governments, industry or citizens or any related area of spatial data infrastructure advancement. Submissions in this category might:

  • test or analyze innovative approaches in addressing technical, legal, economic, institutional or educational challenges in developing spatial data infrastructure or advancing spatially enabled societies;
  • critically assess current spatial data infrastructure and spatial enablement 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, educational or combined solutions in overcoming spatial data sharing or spatial enablement 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 or spatial enablement 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 on their ramifications in developing nations.

The article must adhere to the specifications set forth in the Manuscript Template of the International Journal of SDI Research.

This scholarly book will be distributed at the conference only as an e-book but the book will include the normal ISBN information and be filed with the U.S. copyright office as with past published conference books. All articles and the book in entirety will be licensed under CC open access licenses. Persons desiring a hard copy of the book may use the global network of on demand book printers to acquire one. Contact information about on-demand book printers will be provided with the posted versions of the e-book (e-pub, Kindle and pdf).

Full Article Submission Deadlines for Peer-Reviewed Book

Deadline for Submission of Full Papers for Consideration in the Book or Journal: 31 May 2013 (was extended due to numerous requests)
Notification of Acceptance, Conditional Acceptance or Rejection to Authors: 19 July 2013
Deadline for Submission of Revised Papers and All Signed Forms: 1 September 2013
Deadline for Full Conference Registration Payment for All Presenters (at least one co-author): 15 September 2013
Joint GSDI 14 and GIS Africa Conference dates: 4-8 November 2013

Articles accepted for the book automatically are accepted for and must be presented by the author(s) at the GSDI 14 Conference.

If your paper has been accepted for the book, you must submit before 1 September 2013 the following required documents:

  1. Revised Article: The revised version of the article accommodating the comments of the reviewers. Submit the revised article to the GSDI-14 Conference Submission Management System under the Re-Upload Paper link.
  2. Responses to Reviews: Please send an email to that contains (a) a copy of the reviewers comments and (b) after each reviewer comment, provide an explanation as to how you have addressed the comment and where in the paper the revision may be found. Alternatively, explain in detail why you believe a revision in a specific instance would be inappropriate.
  3. Signed copy of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
  4. Letter of Agreement with Foreign Rights to the GSDI 14 Book publisher if the submission is to be included in the book.
  5. 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
  6. Signed copyright permission form for any material that you extracted from the works of any other author or publisher. A new form is required 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 peer reviewed publication 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 14 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 with an email subject line of GSDI-14 Refereed Article Submission by <your last name>

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We look forward to seeing you in Addis Ababa in November 2013!

Best regards, The Joint Organizing Committee