Challenges, Trends and Innovations in VGI (VGI 2017)

in conjunction with

The 2017 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2017)

Trieste (Italy), 3 - 6 July 2017


Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) has had significant contributions to novel and current ways to interact with and collect geographic data. Different fields, disciplines and actors are already taking advantage of its existence.

The easiness to collect data by users who are not necessarily trained in Cartography opens the door for great collaboration, but also has potential pitfalls, namely its quality and credibility. On the other hand, many applications involve distributing or publishing data on the web due to how easy it is and how fast it can reach other users and contributors.

A myriad of mobile and web applications have given perspective to the usefulness and appropriateness of these approaches and invites many more users to join in this exciting way to collaborate and produce data and information. Practically anyone can take part in the generation of geographical knowledge where official geographic data does not exist or is unavailable.

This workshop aims to discuss fresh ways to generate and use crowdsourced data, new avenues of research, innovative ways to tackle the pitfalls that have already been identified and showcase applications in a wide range of fields of study. From management, to public participation, to risk analysis.

Keywords: Neogeography, volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing, collaborative mapping, WikiCities, wikinomics, urban social networks, urban sensing, participatory GIS, Open Government, Open Data, VGI VS SDI, OpenStreetMap

Important Dates:

1 April 2017: Deadline for full paper submission

28 April 2017: Notification of acceptance

15 May 2017: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers

3 - 6 July, 2017: ICCSA 2017 Conference


Papers accepted to "Challenges, Trends and Innovations in VGI (VGI 2017)" will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP. Participants to "Challenges, Trends and Innovations in VGI (VGI 2017)" will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for special issues on International Journals (Future Internet) and book.

Authors Guideline

Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it.

The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of LNCS. For formatting information, see the publisher's web site

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.


Papers should be submitted at:

Please don't forget to select "Challenges, Trends and Innovations in VGI" workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.

Further information

For further information or questions, please send an e-mail to:

Rodrigo Tapia-McClung (Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática "Ing Jorge L. Tamayo")

Claudia Ceppi (DICATECh-Technical University of Bari)

Organizing Committee:

Rodrigo Tapia-McClung, Claudia Ceppi, Lucia Tilio, Francesco Mancini, and Jorge Gustavo Rocha