The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium 2018 – “Open Science in Practice”

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposiums are biannual meetings of the OGRS community dedicated to sharing knowledge, new solutions, methods, practices, ideas and trends in the field of geospatial information through the development and the use of free and open source software in both research and education. The 5th edition of the OGRS meeting series is going to be held in Lugano and follows: Nantes 2009; Yverdon-les-bains 2012; Espoo 2014; Perugia 2016.

The next edition of OGRS will be held from October 9 – 11, 2018 in Lugano, Switzerland. The symposium will be hosted and organized by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

This year conference theme is “Open Science in Practice”. This new approach, endorsed by several research funding agencies, aims at improving the impact of scientific activities by opening and sharing knowledge, tools and materials. Nevertheless, to fully exploits the advantages of this new paradigma and put in practice Open Science scientists needs to deeply understand the open principles and solve practical issues. OGRS hope to contribute to bring Open Science closer to its full implementation facilitating discussion, mutual learning and information exchange.

The main goals of OGRS 2018 are:

  • to foster the adoption and application of Open Science principles in the geospatial domain;
  • to build a panel of new scientific research and education practices using and contributing to open source initiatives in the geospatial fields;
  • to discuss a framework and highlight a rationale about geospatial open source technology usage in research and education activities;
  • to provide an innovation platform to network and develop ideas for future collaborative work between academia – from research to education – and other actors of the field (associations, foundations, local authorities, industry etc.).

The symposium will integrate several opportunities for presenting : oral presentations, workshops and posters. To participate in any of these opportunities, authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (1000 to 1500 words, references and keywords excluded) through the conference website. The official language is English. The international scientific advisory board will review and select abstracts for inclusion in the symposium and publication in the symposium proceedings.

Also, OGRS 2018 has a session showcasing interactive open educational resources (OER). Please consider submitting your developments and the respective usage stories of open educational resources in the geospatial domain to the GeoOER session. For excellent submission there is a chance to win the 1st OGRS GeoOER Award, sponsored by GITTA, the Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance.

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The call for abstracts for OGRS 2018  is now open and will close on 21st May 2018

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