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SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call for Workshops

News Date: 
28 Mar 2016

24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016)

October 31-November 3, 2016 San Francisco, CA, USA

Call for Workshop Proposals:


The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL) traditionally holds one-day co-located workshops on the day immediately preceding the first day of the conference. The workshops have proven to be very vibrant events, providing focused environment for exchanging ideas and experiences. ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 aims to continue this practice and invites submissions of proposals for workshops. The proposals should be submitted as pdf-format attachment to an email sent to the Workshop Co-Chairs, Egemen Tanin (etanin@unimelb.edu.au) and Mohamed Sarwat (msarwat@asu.edu), by May 2, 2016.

The expected duration of a workshop is one day, and all the accepted workshops will take place on Oct 31st, 2016 at the main conference venue.

The proceedings of the workshops are to be published jointly with the conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library. Workshops will benefit from the registration process of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016. All workshops will have a common continental breakfast and common morning and afternoon coffee breaks. The workshops focus on particular aspects of the field and are intended to enhance the conference experience for those attending the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference. The conference sets the registration fees for the workshops which are the same for each workshop and are set at a minimum level to recover costs of room rental, refreshments, and AV. No complimentary registration is provided to workshop organizers or keynote speakers or any other persons affiliated with the workshops. If workshop organizers wish to have invited speakers, any additional financial support must come from funds that are raised by the workshop organizers. All workshop organizers are also expected to attend and actively contribute their workshop organization. SIGSPATIAL reserves the right to cancel a workshop if such steps are not taken for a given workshop.

When composing the actual call for papers, workshop organizers are advised to explicitly mention that one author per accepted workshop contribution (paper, poster, demo) is required to register for the workshop and the conference, as well as attend the workshop to present the accepted work. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings. In short, SIGSPATIAL expects that each workshop is an active forum for lively discussions led by the organizers and authors of the associated papers.

Each workshop proposal must contain information deemed pertinent by the proposers/organizer which, at the minimum, should include the following:

  • Workshop title
  • Short description of the topic and the format of the workshop
  • Brief explanation of why the proposed workshop is a good match with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016
  • Names and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)
  • Names of the members of the program committee (at least 50% must be already known to be able to contribute to the workshop development at the time of the proposal)
  • Suggested important dates (paper submission deadline, notification deadline, etc. These may need to be adjusted with respect to the proceedings publication requirements.)
  • Expected number of participants
  • A written statement representing for all organizers that they will register and attend the workshop, upon acceptance of the workshop to the program
  • In case of previous instances of the workshop in any other conference, the historical numbers of participants
  • In case of previous instances of the workshop, the historical submission and acceptance counts

The decision about acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals will be made by the Workshop Chairs in consultation with the SIGSPATIAL Executive Committee and the General Chairs, taking into account the venue capacity as well as viability. Alterations to the proposal may be requested during the course of the organization for the event. Evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect to the expected ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 program. Note that proposals are especially encouraged on emerging topics that are relevant to spatial information systems and algorithms. Notification regarding acceptance of particular workshop proposals is expected to be sent out by June 1, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to look at workshops in 2015.

The organizers of successful workshops will be responsible for their own review process. Publicity will be handled by the workshop organizers for the creation of a workshop website. Organizers are encouraged to activity promote their workshops, i.e. more than merely posting a call on a generic mailing list. The local arrangements chairs may require that all workshops adhere to a specific general timetable. Workshop organizers must inform the Workshop Chairs of the numbers of submissions and acceptances as soon as these numbers become available. Major decisions regarding a workshop should be made in consultation with SIGSPATIAL Workshops Chairs after the workshop acceptance. Workshops with fewer than 20 expected registrants or low number of submissions may be cancelled or reduced to a half-day format, at the discretion of the conference organization. All proposers and organizers of accepted workshops will be asked to register well before other registrations to SIGSPATIAL 2016 occurs and the workshop will be cancelled if such registration is not confirmed. In summary, SIGSPATIAL pursues lively debates and interesting ideas to appear at its workshops and may alter the format of workshops that do not promise or are not on track to achieving this level of quality during the timeline towards the commencement of the conference.


  • Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016
  • Send the proposal (PDF, no more than 3 pages) to Workshop Co-Chairs:
    • Egemen Tanin (etanin@unimelb.edu.au)
    • Mohamed Sarwat (msarwat@asu.edu)

Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2016

Note that Oct 31st 2016 is a Monday. Many SIGSPATIAL workshops, including the most recent event in 2015, were held on Tuesdays. This year, the conference will commence one day earlier in the week and applicants experienced with SIGSPATIAL events should take a note of this new schedule for 2016.

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Boundless Becomes Platinum Sponsor of OSGeo

News Date: 
24 Mar 2016

Victoria B.C - March 24, 2016 - The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to welcome Boundless as a new platinum sponsor. Boundless is a longstanding member of the open source community being recognized for their generous sponsorship of the foundation projects and community events.

In 2016, Boundless is sponsoring a variety of programs and conferences including FOSS4G, FOSS4G-NA, FOSS4G Argentina as well smaller events such as the GeoServer sprint.

Boundless products are built with a strong foundation of OSGeo technology:

  • Boundless Suite provides a commercially supported open source enterprise GIS solution using PostGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers for web and mobile customers.
  • Boundless Desktop is a new offering for our desktop customers using a combination of QGIS, enhanced security and certified plugins.
  • Boundless Exchange provides teams a turn-key experience for spatial data management leveraging the work with the GeoNode and GeoGig projects

In addition to its investment, Boundless is a pillar of the OSGeo community participating at all levels from GeoNode incubation to leadership roles in the QGIS, OpenLayers, GeoServer and GeoTools projects.

About Boundless

Boundless is the leader in commercially supported, open source, geospatial software. The Boundless GIS platform enables a feature-rich, enterprise GIS without the high licensing costs associated with proprietary software. The experts at Boundless reduce the cost and time of deploying and managing spatial software with packaging, support, maintenance, professional services, and expert training. Learn more at boundlessgeo.com.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.


News Date: 
23 Mar 2016

The 5th GIS-focused algorithm competition, GISCUP 2016, co-located with ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016, October 31-November 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA


Call for Submissions

This year will be the 5th GIS-focused algorithm competition, GISCUP 2016, co-located with the 2016 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference. ACM SIGSPATIAL hosts an annual algorithm contest with the goal of encouraging innovation in a fun way. The winners will be announced at the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference in November 2016. Contest participants will submit original computer programs to be evaluated by the contest organizers on a common dataset.

This year’s contest will focus on applying spatial statistics to spatio-temporal big data in order to identify statistically significant hot spots using a distributed computing framework and functional programming languages. With the advent of the ubiquitous collection of spatio-temporal observational data (e.g., vehicle tracking data), the identification of
unusual patterns of data in a statistically significant manner has become a key problem that numerous businesses and organizations are attempting to solve. This year’s SIGPSPATIAL Cup addresses this significant programming challenge.

For this year’s contest, each team will utilize a very large collection of spatio-temporal observational data – the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Yellow Cab trip data. This dataset consists of over one billion records representing all Yellow Cab taxi trips in New York City between January 2009 and June 2015. Each record in the dataset contains key
information such as pickup and dropoff date, time, and location (latitude, longitude), trip distance, passenger count, and fare amount.

Given this dataset, each team will then identify the fifty most statistically significant dropoff locations by passenger count in both time and space using the Getis-Ord statistic. Space will be aggregated into a 200m grid; time will be aggregated into two hour periods. Each team will utilize the Apache Spark open source cluster computing framework; the tests will be run on a cluster of twenty five commodity-level PCs (3GHz, quad core), each equipped with 24 GB of RAM and 3 TB of disk storage. The applications that will run on top of the Spark framework can be implemented using Java, Python, or Scala using functional programming techniques. The dataset will be provided in HDFS as a collection of uncompressed CSV files.

In summary, the key topics that are being addressed in this year’s cup are the following:

  • Spatio-temporal data
  • Big data
  • Spatial statistics – Hotspot analysis
  • Distributed processing
  • Functional programming

The top three teams will be provided with cash and or other prizes. In addition to these prizes, the top three teams will be invited to submit a four page paper for a contest paper session to be held at the 2016 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference. These papers will be subject to review and acceptance by the contest organizers, but it is expected that each of the top three teams will have their paper in the conference proceedings, a ten-minute presentation in the contest session, and a poster presentation in the conference’s regular poster session.

At least one team member of each winning team must register for the 2016 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference.

At least one team member of each winning team must register for the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference.

Important Dates

  • July 29th, 2016: Submission of Contributions
  • August 9th, 2016: Invitation of papers for the best submissions
  • August 16th, 2016: Submission deadline for invited papers
  • August 23rd, 2016: Camera-Ready paper deadline

More information about the contest can be found here:


Contest Chairs

  • Erik Hoel, Esri
  • Martin Werner, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
  • Ranga Raju Vatsavai, North Carolina State University

Contest Masters

  • Randall Whitman, Esri
  • Mike Park, Esri

OSGeo Finland chapter is approved by the OSGeo Board of Directors

News Date: 
15 Mar 2016

The OSGeo Finland chapter received an official status March 10, 2016 after being in formation for a long time. The chapter is organized as a legal entity in Finland thereby making it capable to enter into formal contracts and have a bank account.

The interim board of the chapter is

  • Eduardo González
  • Ari Jolma
  • Jukka Rahkonen
  • Jaakko Ruutiainen
  • Kari Salovaara (chair)
  • Pekka Sarkola
  • Jonne Savolainen

The web page of the chapter is https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Finland but a new site is planned at http://www.osgeo.fi/.

OSGeo Finland organizes yearly a users' meeting and a developers' meeting. The next users meeting (ALPO) is May 17th and the next developers' meeting (devALPO) will be organized in the fall.

The first AGM of OSGeo Finland will be on April 12, 2106 at Tuulikuja 2, Tapiola, Espoo (Sito offices). Everybody is welcome!

istSOS 2.3.1-RC1 release

News Date: 
9 Mar 2016

The istSOS team is proud to announce the release of istSOS 2.3.1-RC1, available for download.

This release contains one long requested feature and some minor bug fixes to the istSOS code base, such as:

  • Implementation of the OGC SOS 2.0 core profile
  • OGC SOS 1.0 + 2.0 conformance tests passed
  • Virtual procedures bug fixes
  • code refactoring

Download istSOS 2.3.1-RC1, try it out, and provide feedback on the istSOS mailing list. As with any new version, be sure to backup your services directory and the postgresql database before upgrading.

Thanks again for using istSOS!

"Geo for All" Newsletter - March 2016 now published

News Date: 
9 Mar 2016

Geo for All is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation's Open Educational outreach with our mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. Our monthly newsletters are key to reach out our ideas with the wider community and build new collaborations. We request all OSGeo members to share any updates/developments as short reports for next issue of Geo4All newsletter.

Also we want to highlight OSGeo SMEs and service providers in our future editions of our newsletter. The aim is to get the wider community know about the excellent companies and startups that make the OSGeo ecosystem and encourage more collaborations and startups . So please email our chief editor [email- labrinos@eled.auth.gr ] a short article about your company and how OSGeo software has been empowering you and enabling your growth . We also welcome usecases and implementation examples of how OSGeo software and open principles in education are empowering universities, government organisations, NGOs etc. We will get your articles published in our newsletter in forthcoming issues. Please make sure you send your articles before 24th of every month to get it published in the next month's edition.

We will also be highlighting one OSGeo software project /community every month [from the OSGeo live DVD] .Volunteers to lead this section are welcome. We request the OSGeo community to please send any reports, articles on OSGeo activities happening (events, new software releases, summer schools, new courses, training events etc) to the newsletter editors.

We are pleased share our newsletter at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/ to the wider geo community.

Editorial - March 2016

Dear members of the Network/ readers of the Newsletter,

As you may find out, this issue has almost twice as much material from the previous issues, thanks to the great job of all the co-editors and the members of our network. You can find very interesting articles, based on discussions done in February, about AgriGIS, Global School Network, the Open City Smart project, and NASA World Wind.

From these four, the newest one is the beginning of the discussion about the formation of a Global School Network. As the discussion has just started, I would like to share with you why I think there is a need of a Global Network. First of all, this would put an order to the situation we face of many people doing things with no coordination; no “Central Instructions;” no “basic ideas” of what, when and how to do it. Most of us work at a university or a research centre, and whatever we do is for the students of higher education.

In my opinion, we have to focus on the base of the educational system. It is very easy to teach university students. They know a lot of things, and it is easy to teach them, using complicated words and concepts, about spatial science. But what about the students in primary and secondary education? How can we make them understand how spatial the world in which they live is, and how can they use the tools we have constructed in order to manipulate the spatiality of our world?

We can't do this if we don't get all the help we can from their teachers. But even the teachers have different ideas about the way they can teach about this world. In fact, everything has to do with the pedagogical part of the spatial tools we use and the curriculum of each level in each country. This is why we have to work with the teachers, as they work with their students, so they can let us know what their needs are. In some cases we do have some information from published articles, but it has to be more organized and, why not, more guided.

Finally, there was an interesting telemeeting with Christopher Tucker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The MapStory Foundation, in which Chris let us know more about MapStory and what it can do for the teachers and students. We all hope that Chris will share with us an article on MapStory, and we will have the pleasure to publish it in a future issue.

Have a nice reading.

Dr.Nikos Lambrinos, Chief Editor.