[OSGeo-Discuss] [Geo4All] Good news! We now have five past FOSS4G Conference Academic Proceedings (full proceedings and individual papers) available online

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Mar 14 08:13:06 PDT 2018

Excellent news Charlie. Thank you to you and everyone who worked on this over the years and made possible  this wonderful gift for the global community. We will have a news item published on this and share this good news...

Best wishes,


From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Charlie Schweik <cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu>
Sent: 14 March 2018 13:27
To: OsGeo, GeoForAll; OSGeo Discussions
Cc: Erin Jerome
Subject: [Geo4All] Good news! We now have five past FOSS4G Conference Academic Proceedings (full proceedings and individual papers) available online

Dear OSGeo and GeoForAll colleagues,

I'm pleased to report that we now have full academic proceedings and individual papers from the last five FOSS4G conferences [1].
The website is: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/foss4g/

This system provides readership (download) statistics and distribution maps (see attached). For instance, as of today, across all volumes we already have a total of 3,409 full proceeding and individual paper downloads worldwide. Individual authors can see their individual download statistics by going to their individual paper entry (for example, see [2]). Scholarworks also feeds library database search engines.

Some thanks are in order:

1. To Barend Köbben, Venka Raghavan, and Sanghee Shin, for their assistance and encouragement on publishing their edited volumes;
2. To each conference program committee for their service;
3. To Andy Anderson, Franz-Joseph Behr, and Muhammad Yahya for their efforts formatting and publishing one or more volumes;
4. To Erin Jerome at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Library's Scholarly Communication office<https://www.library.umass.edu/locations/sc/> who provides us the Scholarworks platform and terrific technical support at no cost to OSGeo or GeoForAll; and last, but not least,
4. To Mohammed Zia who is the person behind the scenes who contributed time and expertise to really make this happen.

I apologize if I have forgotten someone!

We hope that we can continue to publish FOSS4G Academic proceeding pre-prints, both global and regional events, through this system, to maintain a longterm repository of FOSS4G scholarship. Proceeding editors of future conferences: Please contact us to coordinate.


Charlie Schweik for the FOSS4G Proceedings editorial team:
(Mohammed Zia, Andy Anderson, and Franz-Josef Behr)


[1] Nottingham, 2013; Portland, 2014; Seoul, 2015; Bonn, 2016; and Boston, 2017

[2] As an example, the Boston 2017 FOSS4G paper by Agarwal and Rajan "Analyzing the performance of NoSQL vs. SQL databases for Spatial and Aggregate queries" has had 838 (!) downloads since Sept 22, 2017.  See https://scholarworks.umass.edu/foss4g/vol17/iss1/4/

Charlie Schweik

Department of Environmental Conservation & School of Public Policy
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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