Academic Track CFP

The FOSS4G 2014 Academic Track provides a strong basis for collaboration among researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields.

We encourage academic papers describing:

  • the use of open source geospatial software and data, in and for scientific research, as well as
  • academic endeavours to conceptualize, create, assess, and teach open source geospatial software and data.

To submit a paper or provide support as a reviewer please register here. (Please note that this is a different process from the regular sessions.)


Based on these broad categories, we invite your contributions within the following themes:

  • Data Quality, Software Quality and Service Quality
  • Community Building
  • Doing more for less: Assessment of costs and benefits of open source applications and open source business models
  • Use of Open Data to inform public services
  • FOSS and FOSS4G: Is spatial special?
  • Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
  • Approaches to combine open and closed software
  • Teaching Geospatial Sciences with open source solutions
  • History of Geospatial Open Standards
  • Open Database Protection
  • Open Data Resources, Linked Open Data, Open Data Commons, Open Data Best Practices
  • Open Data Technologies and Interoperability
  • Cross-border approaches, Political Open Data Support, Licensing Policies
  • Open Source GIS application use cases, i.e.,  in local and regional administrations, landscape planning, participatory GIS, Location based services, health, energy supply, water, climate change, transportation, agriculture and forestry, disaster management, and retailing/marketing
  • Business models with open source
  • Implementation and benefits of open standards, needs for further developments in standardization
  • Human Computer Interfaces, Usability of Open GI Systems

We invite academics and researchers to submit full papers in English, of maximum 6,000 words, before the deadline of April 15th 2014.  Submissions should follow these provided templates.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 15th 2014
  • Decisions Announced: June 15th 2014
  • Revisions Due: July 5th 2014 (planned)
  • FOSS4G Conference: September 8th-13th 2014

Review process

Your contributions will be reviewed (double-blind) by a committee of geospatial experts, who will assess the papers on originality and academic rigour, as well as interest for the wider FOSS4G community. Based on your presentation, as well as discussion with the editors, a final selection will be made, and a final round of editing will be undertaken. In this way we hope to encourage and help especially early-stage researchers (PhD student, post-docs) to strive for high-quality papers.

We expect to select 20-25 papers for presentation and publication. From this selection, as many as 8-10 papers will be published in a special issue of the renowned international journal Transactions in GIS [1]. The remaining papers will be published in the online OSGeo Journal [2].


If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the academic committee:

  • Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Spatial Information Processing, Hochschule für Technik  Stuttgart,
  • Drs Barend Köbben, Senior Lecturer, ITC – University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation,

[1]: Transactions in GIS. Published by Wiley; included in ISI, with an impact factor of 0.906; edited by John P. Wilson, David O’Sullivan and Alexander Zipf. Print ISSN: 1361-1682 Online ISSN: 1467-9671.
[2]: OSGeo Journal, the official Journal of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation;

About FOSS4G

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.
FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G’s tenth year.