General information

Following an established tradition, FOSS4G Europe 2020 organizes an Academic Track which will run as a single track parallel to the general track. The main purpose of the Academic Track is to bring together researchers, teachers, developers, users and practitioners carrying out research activities in geospatial domains, with an emphasis on the solutions making use of open source software and open data.

FOSS4G Europe invites original research contributions on topics related to open source geospatial software, particularly (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • New developments in the field of open source geospatial software
  • Novel applications of open source geospatial software
  • Big data-related development and applications
  • Development and application of open source geospatial machine learning techniques
  • Framework and methods for dissemination of geospatial data and methods
  • Research relating to Europe’s specific topics, such as INSPIRE and Copernicus
  • Literature reviews relating to the various aspects of open source geospatial software

Authors are encouraged to make all outputs relevant to their contribution available according to the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) principles. This includes data, algorithms, tools and workflows.

All types of contributions are welcome, however we discourage mere presentations of technology or use cases without properly justifying originality against the scientific state of the art and particular outcomes of the work. We particularly support contributions from young academics such as PhD students and early-stage researchers.

Academic papers selection

  1. Authors are invited to submit abstracts written in English comprising from 500 to 1000 words and containing sufficient details for the evaluation (including the methodological approach, results, concepts, reasons why the work is relevant for the FOSS4G audience). Abstracts shorter than 500 words will not be considered. The contributions will be assessed through a blind review process based on the submitted abstracts. These will be refereed for originality/scientific novelty, relevance for the FOSS4G community and overall quality by the members of the Scientific Committee.
  2. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give an oral presentation during the conference. One presentation slot has a total of 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the talk; 5 minutes for questions and answers; 5 minutes for the participants to change rooms. The Scientific Committee will ensure that the final program of the Academic Track will be well-balanced and diverse.
  3. All accepted abstracts will be published on-line, each with a distinct Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in a dedicated abstract collection hosted on Zenodo, an open access online repository.
  4. Authors of all accepted abstracts will be also invited to submit a full paper to a Special Issue of the Baltic Journal of Modern Computing. Paper submission will be available from the moment of acceptance of abstracts and will close after the conference (precise date and formatting requirements will follow). The review and acceptance process will follow the specific rules set by the journal.
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