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GIS and Urban Data Science

Annals of GIS Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 August 2020

The rocketing generation of urban geo-data nowadays have called for better understanding and interpretation of human interaction with contemporary society in assistance with interdisciplinary advances. Geoinformatics has been coined as a broad term for various technologies, approaches, processes, and methods, to integrate geospatial with informatics science, whilst combining various kinds of data in urban context, to visualize the digital information from the society we are living, and to interpret the socio-economic issues about human activities for evidence-based decision making. To turn expectation into real practice, there are several organisations working towards the urban applications of geo-information through interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, CUSP London as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Warwick, aiming to bring together researchers, businesses, local authorities and government agencies to apply multidisciplinary urban technologies to improve citizen’s lives, on but not limited in fields like air quality, healthcare and well-being, crime and safety, sustainable development, green transportation and proactive policy making. Urban Big Data Centre in the University of Glasgow aims to promote the use of new forms of urban big data (Strava, Zoopla, etc.) and innovative research methods to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities.

This special issue proposal plans to solicit novel and original manuscripts that demonstrate research in all aspects of geoinformatics applications in urban context with GIS support. The objective is to stimulate the discussion on evidence-based policy suggestions on all relevant dimensions of liveable citizens’ life, e.g. healthcare, safety and security, social deprivation, public services, education, housing, transportation, environment, etc.; and also to exploit advanced technologies borrowed from multiple disciplines such as geospatial analysis, data mining, natural language processing, and machine learning to explore further the potentiality and functionality of GIS.

Topics of interest of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

- Geocomputation and urban analytics/informatics

- GIS and urban data science application in

  • Healthcare
  • Crime
  • Housing and urban planning
  • Poverty and social deprivation
  • Tourism
  • Urban Governance and public services
  • Air pollution
  • Active travel and public transportation

- Evidenced based policy making

Annals of GIS

Submission guidelines

  • Submission Deadline: August 31st, 2020
  • Author Notification: October 30th, 2020
  • Revised Manuscript Due: November 30th, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 31st, 2020
  • Final Manuscript Due: January 30th, 2021
  • Tentative Publication Date: February 20th, 2021

Editorial Information

Guest Editors

  • Yijing Li; Center for Urban Studies and Progress London, King’s College London (Managing Guest Editor)
    Dr. Chen Zhong; Department of Geography, King’s College London
  • Qunshan Zhao; Urban Big Data Centre, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Published on 17th March 2020. Last updated on 26th May 2020.