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30 October 2020
Contact-Tracing, Apps and location-based data for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Recent years have witnessed rapid advances in location-based services (LBS) and location tracking with the
continuous evolvement of mobile devices and communication technologies. As a response to the global COVID-
19 pandemic, Location Based Services contribute to the monitoring, management and decision-making during the
different stages of flighting against the virus and post-pandemic recovery.
This Special Issue aims to provide a contemporary picture on recent research activities related to LBS and
location-based data (e.g., mobile phone data, GPS data, social media data and crowdsourced geographic
information) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite original research contributions on all aspects of
this context, and, particularly, encourage submissions focusing on the following themes (but not limited to):
- Location tracking and people tracing (with smartphones)
- Computational movement and activity analytics
- Analysis of location-based big data
- Privacy-preserving and ethically-aware data analysis
- LBS to support the general public’s daily mobility and activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Dynamic and real-time cartographic visualization and processing
- Social, legal and ethical aspects
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Note that the above list only gives some examples of potential topics. Any other topics that deal with LBS and location-based data are of interest. We encourage especially also submissions from virologists, epidemiologists,
privacy specialists, public health scientist and data scientists. Please refer to a recent research agenda (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17489725.2018.1508763) for the board field of LBS (Location
Please be aware that we aim for a quick review and turnaround time.
Submissions are possible anytime, Deadline for submissions: 30 October 2020.
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