Special Issue “Volunteered Geographic Information”


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Special Issue Information

Parallel to the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, volunteered geographic information (VGI) has emerged as a novel form of user-generated content, which involves both active forms of contribution such as online mapping or the explicit georeferencing of various media as well as the passive collection of data via the user’s location-enabled smartphone. Due to an abundance of corresponding VGI platforms and Location Based Social Networks (LBSN), there are now massive datasets, which are freely available and have the potential to complement, update or even replace data obtained from traditional sources such as commercial vendors, public authorities or mapping agencies. However, due to inherent characteristics of VGI, which mostly result from a lack of formal specifications, exploiting its full potential is still challenging and in need of issues such as quality assessment, data integration or standardization to be addressed. Active research is ongoing that addresses many of these issues including initiatives such as COST Action networks TD1202 (Mapping and Citizen Sensor) and IC1203 (ENERGIC), which bring together researchers across the EU to address many pressing issues related to VGI. The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and its counterpart in the USA (Citizen Science Association) are also strong alliances of public and private organizations involved in research of relevance to VGI, among many others in a growing field of interest.

This Special Issue is dedicated to explore current trends with regards to the technological, methodological, conceptual and social dimensions of VGI. We call for original papers, equally from both within the COST Actions, citizen science associations and from researchers around the world, which focus on all topics involving the collection, processing, analysis and general use of VGI.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
Mr. David Jonietz
Dr. Vyron Antoniou
Dr. Linda See
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 900 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Citizen Science
  • Location Based Social Network

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2016


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