GI_Forum 2014 – Geospatial Innovation for Society

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In accordance with the motto “Geospatial Innovation for Society”, around 1100 participants from 40 countries attended GI_Forum and AGIT 2014 to exchange information on the latest trends in technological, analytical, societal and educational domains. This year 81 contributions were selected by the Programme Committee to be presented in oral and poster sessions. The Programme Committee chairs, Adrijana Car and Thomas Jekel, are very pleased with their quality: “The quality of papers presented this year was excellent. The reaction from the delegates and keynote speakers showed that GI_Forum has become an annual event that bridges the gap between technical development and academic research and their application for society. This clearly indicates a slight shift towards technologies, but with the end-user in mind.”

GI_Forum contributions: Like in 2013, our traditional publisher Wichmann/VDE VERLAG shared publishing duties with the Austrian Academ y of Sciences Press. This co-edition allows us to provide a hard-copy volume – which our readers are used to – as well as a professionally edited and fully indexed online edition of the GI_Forum contributions. The earlier “proceedings” now have evolved into an online journal, and measures have been taken for its indexing in relevant channels. The AGIT EXPO offered a platform to 60 exhibiting companies to demonstrate the latest development trends in GI technologies and services. The stalls and events at and around the EXPO were intensively visited by the conference participants.

Keynote Speakers 2014

– Andrè Skupin, San Diego State University, USA: “A World beyond Networks: Geographic Approaches to Knowledge Visualization”

– Christoph Schlieder, University of Bamberg, Germany: “Geogames: What is Special about Spatial in Gamification?”

– Michael Gould, ESRI Inc, USA: “Connecting fields: research and practice

– Diana Sinton, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), USA: “Building the Next Generation of Knowledge about Geospatial Technologies and Learning”