Academic Track relates progress of scientific research and experiences on using and teaching FOSS4G.


Following an established tradition, FOSS4G-Europe organizes an academic track which will run as a single-track over one day. FOSS4G-Europe invites original research contributions on all aspects of open-source geo software and its application. Submissions focusing on INSPIRE, Big Data and Societal Challenges are particularly encouraged. All types of papers are welcome, such as on results achieved, case studies, work in progress, and demos. We discourage, however, mere presentations of technology or use cases without properly justifying originality against the scientific state of the art and without particular novelty.


Authors can submit contributions by choosing one of the following options:

  • full papers (up to 12 pages)
  • demos and work in progress papers (up to 4 pages)

Submissions must be written in English and adhere to the template available in ODT format. The papers must be submitted in the same ODT format (no PDF) to allow the proper formatting of the volume. All papers will be submitted online using the Submission Form.


A blind review process will select papers based on their merits in scientific novelty, relation to the state of the art, presentation of the paper and overall quality. Authors will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement to their paper before submission of the final camera ready version of the paper.

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Geoinformatics FCE CTU. Geoinformatics FCE CTU aims to publish theoretical, empirical, and applied research papers in geoinformatics and all geosciences close to computer processing. The journal's main emphasis is on design, implementation and use of open source geographical software.
Outstanding contributions will be further invited to submit an extended version to well-recognized scientific journals. A first arrangement has been made with the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR), which is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Important dates

The important dates for the Academic Track are indicated below. Please follow the conference mailing list and @foss4ge to get the latest news.
  • Submission deadline: March 17, 2017
  • Acceptance notice: April 14, 2017
  • Camera ready version: May 15, 2017
  • Conference: July 19, 2017


Proposals will be assessed by the Academic Track Committee and selected on their overall quality (such as originality and clarity) and relevance.

The Academic Track Committee is composed of the following individuals:

First name Last name Organization
Giorgio AGUGIARO Austrian Institute of Technology
Filip BILIECKI Delft University of Technology
Maria A. BROVELLI Politecnico di Milano
Massimiliano CANNATA SUPSI
Aleš ČEPEK Czech Technical University in Prague
Yann CHEMIN freelance
Filiberto CHIABRANDO Politecnico di Torino
Mattia CRESPI University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Ari JOLMA Finnish Environment Institute
Dimitris KOTZINOS University of Cergy-Pontoise
Mila N. KOEVA University of Twente
Helmut KUDRNOVSKY freelance
Xianlian LIANG Finnish Geospatial Research Instittute
Andrea LINGUA Politecnico di Torino
Peter LOWE German National Library of Science and Technology
Maria Teresa MELIS University of Cagliari
Marco MINGHINI Politecnico di Milano
Helena Mitasova NC State University
Peter MOONEY Maynooth University
Andrea NASCETTI University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Markus NETELER Mundialis
Francesco NEX University of Twente
Marco PIRAS Politecnico di Torino
Venkatesh RAGHAVAN Osaka City University
Robert SZCZEPANEK Cracow University of Technology
Wei TU Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spatial-temporal Smart Sensing and Services

For any question about the Academic Track, please contact the Committee Chair Dimitri Kotzinoz.

The members of the Academic Track Committee act on their own. Their opinions, decisions and actions do not reflect those from their organization and/or employer.