The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association and the Taiwan Association of Disaster Prevention Industry (TADPI) announce the GSDI 16 Conference, to be held in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) from 28 November to 2 December 2016, with strong support from Ministry of the Interior (MOI). The theme of the conference is “Spatial Enablement in the Smart Homeland”.

The GSDI 16 World Conference will take place in the city of Taipei, at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.

Workshop opportunities will be offered beforeand during the conference itself.

The GSDI Association is an inclusive organization of academic and research institutions, government agencies, commercial firms, NGOs and individuals from around the world.

The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructure research, education, capacity building and implementation challenges, issues and good practice from around the globe that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.

GSDI 15 offers numerous opportunities for oral presentations of abstracts and papers (refereed and non-refereed), posters and a refereed publication.

Theme 1: SDI for the Smart Homeland

– SDI for Smart Cities, Smart Territories and Smart Environments
– Location-based Services for Smart Environments
– Indoor SDI (positioning) and Personal SDI Developments
– VGI, Crowdsourcing, and Citizen Science
– Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

Theme 2: Land Information and Management Systems

– Land Information Systems
– Land and Urban Data Management
– SDI for Low Impact Development (LID)
– SDI for Resilience and Sustainable Development

Theme 3. SDI Governance and Policy Developments

– Open Data and Open Government
– E-Government and E-Governance
– Geospatial Legislation and Policies
– Privacy, Security and Institutional Concerns

Theme 4. Disaster Management, Reduction and Mitigation

– Innovation in Disaster Management Technology
– Disaster Management ‘Best Practice’
– Protecting Critical Infrastructure
– Risk Modelling and Assessment
– Disaster and Emergency Management
– Earthquake Mitigation Challenges
– Flooding, Debris Flow, and Landslides – Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Management

Theme 5. Earth Observation and Sensors

– Observatories (environmental, transportation, logistics, citizen, health, urban)
– Earth Observation
– Remote Sensing, Survey & Mapping Applications (UAVs, LiDAR, SAR…)
– Sensor Web / Internet of Things (IoT) and Linked Data

Theme 6. Geo Technology and Innovation for SDI

– SDI in the Cloud – Challenges and Solutions
– CyberGIS
– Geospatial Big Data Management and Analytics
– 3D/4D Spatial Data Visualization and Analytics

Theme 7. Geo Data for Decision Making

– Geospatial Decision Support Systems
– Geospatial Business Modelling
– Geo-Intelligence

Theme 8. Geo Education and Cartography

– Geospatial Education
– Web Cartography
– Historic Geo Data Management

Theme 9. Regional and Global SDI Initiatives

– UN-GGIM Global and Regional Initiatives
– GEO/GEOSS Developments
– UN Sustainable Development Goals
– European Pan-European SDI – INSPIRE

GSDI 15 Publication Opportunities

This call supports three primary forms of publication:

1) a Conference Proceedings produced in digital format, which will contain all accepted abstracts and full papers (both refereed and non-refereed) selected for presentation, these to also be accessible from and archived on the GSDI conference web site,

2) a Conference Book to be published prior to the conference, in digital and print format, containing fully refereed articles, based on papers submitted for the Proceedings, and

3) selected papers, expanded as needed to satisfy the publication requirements, including peer review, for a special issue of the International Journal for Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (

Posters and Workshops

We will accept a limited number of Posters to be presented at the conference and for which brief oral Poster Presentations will be scheduled plus proposals for targeted Workshops, to be delivered either on the day prior to the conference (28 November) or during the conference period (28 November to 2 December) depending upon the schedule, time and space availability. Poster and Workshop proposal formats will be published on the GSDI 15 World Conference website. (Follow the link published on the GSDI website).

GSDI 15 Conference Proceedings Submissions

Abstracts should be 250-500 words in length and will be reviewed by the international GSDI 15 Conference Paper Review Board. Authors are limited to acceptance of a maximum of two conference paper abstract submissions, whether as lead or secondary author. All submissions should be in English. At the time of submitting abstracts, authors will be asked if they intend to also submit a full paper or a poster, if the abstract is accepted.

High-quality submissions, of both Extended Abstracts and Papers, will be accepted for presentation at the conference. All accepted submissions will be published in the Conference Proceedings volume to be made available to all registered participants on a USB drive at the time of the conference. Presentations will be made available online via the conference website.

For abstract and full paper submissions, authors retain copyright in their work, but will be required to agree to a Creative Commons By-Attribution License (CC-BY version 4) ( to ensure continued global access to their work over time. All publications produced for the conference, including abstracts, full papers and presentations, will be archived on the GSDI Association website for open access.

Submission Deadlines

– Deadline for submission of Extended Abstracts: 1 May 2016
– Notification of acceptance/rejection of Abstracts: 15 May 2016

– Deadline for submission of Workshop proposals: 1 June 2016
– Notification of acceptance/rejection of Workshop proposals: 1 July 2016

– Deadline for submission of full Papers and Posters: 1 July 2016
– Notification of acceptance/rejection of submitted Paper: 1 August 2016
– Notification of selection for Conference Book and IJSDIR article submission: 15 August 2016

– Early bird registration ends: 15 August 2016

– Expanded Conference Book & IJSDIR articles due: 1 October 2016
– Notification of final acceptance of Conference Book articles: 15 October 2016
– Conference Dates: 29 November to 2 December 2016 (Workshops on 28 November)

– Publication of selected articles in special issue of IJSDIR: early 2017

For full details of the Submission Process, visit the conference website at or download the PDF file at

Related Links

– Conference Call for Abstracts and Papers (PDF):
– Conference Website:
– International Journal of SDI Research:
– Past open access Books affiliated with the GSDI conferences:

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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