VGI: From OpenStreetMap to participation


 VGI: From OpenStreetMap to participation 

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Beijing (China),  4 - 7 July 2016

The phenomenon of volunteered geographic information (VGI) is part of a wider transformation related to the use of geographic data in the different field of applications. Among these, participation, commercial uses and natural or anthropogenic risks assessment could be highlighted. Considering the rising difficulties faced by agencies, authorities and private users in the collection and distribution of new geographical information, a well-conceived VGI could constitute a valuable tool.
The growing facility to gather spatial geographic information by users through the use of portable devices is going to bring the crowdsourcing philosophy for geographic knowledge production into evidence. All those who are interested in the generation of maps from sources other than the authoritative could be potentially involved. 
After the definition of Goodchild (2007) the term Volunteered Geographic Information has therefore opened several topics of discussion, mostly related to the credibility and reliability of data, the increasing of participation demand that introduces new issues related to the validation procedure of distributed data and the way these data are created.
Undoubtedly, the benefit introduced by the use of VGI and crowdsourcing could be also placed in the strengthening of existing SDI and “authoritative” or “conventional” geographic data and not as self-sufficient method. Moreover, crowdsourcing could be particularly useful in the generation of geographical knowledge where geographic data are not in common use or where existing maps are not updated. 
This session would then discuss issues related to the creation and maintenance of VGIs for several applications ranging from land management/participation to risk analysis.

Keywords: Neogeography, volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing, collaborative mapping, WikiCities, wikinomics, urban social networks, urban sensing, participatory GIS, Open Government, Open Data, VGI VS SDI, OpenStreetMap

Important Dates:

20 April 2016: Deadline for full paper submission
28 April 2016: Notification of acceptance
10 May 2016: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
4-7 July, 2016: ICCSA 2016 Conference

Papers accepted to "The Volunteered Geographic Information: From open street map to participation VGI 2016" will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP. Participants to ""The Volunteered Geographic Information: From open street map to participation VGI 2016"" will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for special issues on International Journals (Future Internet) and book.

Authors Guideline
Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it.

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Further information
For further information or questions, please send an e-mail to:
Claudia Ceppi (Polytechnic of Bari, Italy)   
Beniamino Murgante (University of Basilicata, Italy)

Organising Committee: 
Claudia Ceppi, Giuseppe Borruso, Beniamino Murgante, Lucia Tilio, Francesco Mancini