The 2012 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2012) will include a "Cities, Technologies, and Planning" focus with the event taking place in Santander, Brasil from June 18-20.
During the past decades, the main issue in GIS implementation has been the availability of sound spatial information. Nowadays, the wide diffusion of electronic devices providing geo-referenced information have resulted in the production of extensive spatial information datasets. This trend has led to “GIS wikification”, where mass collaboration plays a key role in main components of spatial information frameworks (hardware, software, data, and people). Some authors (Goodchild, 2007) talk about “Volunteered Geographic Information” (VGI), as the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic information provided by individuals voluntarily creating their own contents by marking the locations of occurred events or by labeling certain existing features. not already been shown on map.
The term “neogeography” is often adopted to describe people activities when using and creating their own maps, geo-tagging pictures, movies, websites, etc. It could be defined as a new bottom – up approach to geography prompted by users, therefore introducing changes in the roles of ‘traditional’ geographers and ‘consumers’ of geographical contents themselves. The volunteered approach has been adopted by important American organizations, such as US Geological Survey, US Census Bureau, etc.
Whilst technologies (e.g. GPS, remote sensing, etc.) can be useful in producing new spatial data, volunteered activities are the only way to update and describe such data. If, on one hand, spatial data have been produced in various ways, on the other hand remote sensing, sensor networks and other electronic devices generate a great flow of relevant spatial information concerning several aspects of human activities or of environmental phenomena monitoring.
This “Information-Explosion Era” is characterised by a large amount of information produced both by human activities and by automated systems; the capturing and the manipulation of this information leads to” urban computing” and represents a sort of bridge between computers and the real world, accounting for the social dimension of human environments. This technological evolution produced a new Paradigm of Urban Development, called “u-City”.
Such phenomena offer new challenges to scholars (geographers, engineers, planners, economists, sociologists, etc.) as well as to spatial planners in addressing spatial issues and a wealth of brand-new, updated data, generally created by people who are interested in geographically related phenomena. As attention is to-date dedicated to visualization and content creation, little has still been done from the spatial analytical point of view and in involving users – as citizens – in participatory geographical activities.
The programme committee especially requests high quality submissions on the following Conference Themes:
SDI and Planning;
Planning 2.0; Participation 2.0;
Urban social networks, Urban sensing;
E-democracy, E participation, Participatory Gis;
Technologies for eParticipation, policy modelling, simulation and visualisation;
Second Life and participatory games;
Ubiquitous Computing Environment - Urban computing - Ubiquitous-City;
Volunteered Geographic Information;
Ontologies for Urban planning;
Geo-applications for mobile phones;
Web 2.0; Web 3.0;
Maps mash up;
Tangible Maps and planning;
Complexity assessment and mapping.
Each paper will be independently reviewed by 3 programme committee members. Their individual scores will be evaluated by a small sub-committee and result in one of the following final decisions: accepted; accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated; or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on March 2012.
Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages).
Papers accepted to "Cities, Technologies and Planning" will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by Scopus and DBLP.
Participants to “Cities, Technologies and Planning" CTP 12 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for a special issue on “International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)”. The selected manuscripts will undergo the standard peer review process of "IJEPR".
Extended version of "Cities, Technologies and Planning" CTP 11 papers have been included in the special issue: "NeoGeography and WikiPlanning" (21 papers submitted under review process).