[OSGeo-Discuss] Open request for updates on SDG book
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Jul 14 07:13:00 PDT 2018
It is now over one year and I have not heard any updates on the SDG book  . As far as I am aware, there was no emails received in the GeoforAll lists on this till now. Please correct me if I am wrong.
As you are aware, I have personally requested colleagues in the open source Geo community to support the ICA SDG book initiative and they have contributed to this book project in good faith, so I request you to kindly keep them informed. I thank you for your kind understanding.
We are now seeing a very disturbing trend with some vendors even starting to trademark “ science” for marketing/sales of their products and “science” is being misused for vendor marketing/sales! . I have raised this issue through an open letter  . The good news is that now everyone knows it is just marketing/sales gimmicks of vendor . Science is not owned by any vendors.
But two weeks back, I received a email query from a respectable and senior ICA colleague that made me very concerned. He is one of the editors of a GIS journal . They are receiving lot of submissions from a country that are very similar -“ poorly written, poor map design – to the point that they seem written in a factory” . They were all using one proprietary GIS software and deal with some aspect of physical geography. He asked for my advice.
I thanked him for sharing this information and though I do not know the background or details of the papers or authors, I am also very concerned to hear about this . It is really sad to see the state of affairs in GIS . I requested him to take strong action against any “factory produced” science and reject them. I am concerned in the rapid increase in “Fake Science” . I requested him to inform this to the wider community through an open letter .
But this is not the solution as if one journal rejects these “factory produced science”, then these kind of papers will be submitted to other journals. I won’t be surprised if in future some vendors even start their own journals with their own editorial boards ! What will then happen to the credibility of peer review and scientific quality.
I think it is important that editors of all GIS journals and leadership of all GIS Professional bodies like ICA declare any conflict of interest with any vendors (funding/sponsorship/gifts received from any software vendors currently or in the past) to ensure transparency and good practices.
I am just a ICA volunteer . I am hoping that you will take principled leadership and action against “Fake Science” , “Factory produced science” and any unethical practices in GIS that is affecting Science and Education from any vendors (open or proprietary) .
I thank you for the work on SDG book and looking forward to hear updates.
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