[ica-opensource] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Academic Track

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Nov 1 09:20:52 PDT 2011

Hi Helena

Thanks for the info and your help. My suggestion is that rather than planning the academic track each year on an adhoc basis, it will be of benefit if we have a strategy for this long-term (not depending on local arrangements each time).

As a start, i suggest that we plan to setup a program committee for Academic Track bringing together key people who have organised and helped  (by being reviewers etc) the academic track in the previous years for FOSS4G , who will be responsible for all aspects of this framework (from CfP, special issue arrangements, time plan etc). 

Best wishes,


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From: ica-opensource-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:ica-opensource-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Helena Mitasova
Sent: 01 November 2011 15:30
To: Barend Köbben
Cc: OSGeo Discussions; ica-opensource at lists.nottingham.ac.uk
Subject: [ica-opensource] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Academic Track

Suchith, Barend,

this has been in place since inception of FOSS4G and the success of this effort for each conference pretty much depends 
on the academic track and local organizing committee, quality of the submissions and the process for the journal that is selected.
This year, Rafael Moreno has done a particularly good job managing the selection of peer reviewed papers for TGIS and, if the authors
do their reviews efficiently, we may have the special issue of TGIS published relatively quickly compared to other years.
This is the second time we have worked with TGIS - the first one was in 2004 (vol 8 no 2).
I am on the editorial board of TGIS and it is a good journal to work with, but there are several others.
The 2010 FOSS4G papers are being published in Applied Geomatics.

Barend, please let me know if you need more information, I will be happy to help with this effort,


Helena Mitasova
Associate Professor
Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
2800 Faucette Drive, Rm. 1125 Jordan Hall
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
hmitaso at ncsu.edu

On Nov 1, 2011, at 10:17 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:

> Hi all,
> One of the topics of the OSGeo-ICA MoU is that we work to establish a framework for publications for the academic track of FOSS4G conferences. The key aim is to put in place a framework for publications for the academic track (one option might be special issues in reputable GIS journals like IJGIS, TGIS etc).
> Barend Köbben, (ITC - University of Twente) has kindly agreed to start working on this but we need to bring together a core group of people who can help with this effort. If you are interested please contact Barend (cc in). Also please let me know who is the key contact in OSGeo Board for this.
> For a start,  it will be really good to know what efforts have been done in previous years for the FOSS4G academic track publication and what suggestions/ideas you all have, so that we can work to produce a proper template incorporating all this. It will be good if you can let us know your thoughts/ideas before 15th  Nov and i can then also discuss and plan this during the ICA Commission Chairs meeting planned in Vienna.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
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