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Open source geospatial tools and technologies for urban and environmental studies

Open geospatial data and tools are an increasingly important paradigm that offers the opportunity to promote the democratization of geographical information, the transparency of governments and institutions, as well as social, economic and environmental opportunities. During the past decade, developments in the area of open geospatial data and open source geospatial software have greatly increased. The Open Source GIS research community believes that combining free and open software, open data, as well as open standards, leads to the creation of a sustainable ecosystem for accelerating new discoveries to help solve global cross-disciplinary societal challenges, from climate change mitigation to sustainable cities.

We invite original research contributions on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourage submissions focusing on the following themes for this Special Issue.

●    The use of open source geospatial data, software and standards in scientific research
●    Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
●    Quality of open data
●    Volunteered Geographic Information and Public Participatory GIS 
●    Human computer interfaces and usability in and around open GI systems
●    Big data
●    Open source GIS service/software implementations
●    Teaching geospatial sciences with open source solutions and open data
●    Applied applications in different use cases, e.g. government, health, climate change, energy, water, urban studies, location based services, etc.

Guest Editors: 
Francesco Pirotti, University of Padova, Italy (
Giorgio Agugiaro, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria (
Amin Mobasheri, Heidelberg University, Germany (

  1. Original article

    The Energy Application Domain Extension for CityGML: enhancing interoperability for urban energy simulations

    The road towards achievement of the climate protection goals requires, among the rest, a thorough rethinking of the energy planning tools (and policies) at all levels, from local to global. Nevertheless, it is...

    Giorgio Agugiaro, Joachim Benner, Piergiorgio Cipriano and Romain Nouvel

    Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards 2018 3:2

    Published on: 5 March 2018

  2. Original Article

    Automated design of gradual zone systems

    The appropriate resolution of a zone system is key to the development of any transport model, as well as other spatial analyses. The number and shape of zones directly impacts the effectiveness of any further ...

    Joseph Molloy and Rolf Moeckel

    Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards 2017 2:19

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  3. Software

    GeoJModelBuilder: an open source geoprocessing workflow tool

    Scientific workflows have been commonly used in geospatial data analysis and Cyberinfrastructure. They allow distributed geoprocessing algorithms, models, data, and sensors to be chained together to support ge...

    Mingda Zhang, Xiaoqian Bu and Peng Yue

    Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards 2017 2:8

    Published on: 10 April 2017