Call for Papers

Open Access Special Feature on


Provenance and Credibility in Spatial and Platial Data

In the Journal of Spatial Information Science (josis.org)


Guest Editors

Grant McKenzie1 *
Martin Raubal2
Krzysztof Janowicz1
Andrew Flanagin1


1 University of California, Santa Barbara

2 ETH Zürich

* Please contact Grant McKenzie (grant.mckenzie@geog.ucsb.edu) with any question related to this special feature.


Important Dates

Paper Submission:

November 30, 2015 December 18, 2015


Acceptance Notification:

February 29, 2016


Please Note

Authors are encouraged to submit high quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals. All open submissions will be peer reviewed subject to the standards of the journal. Please read the review and editorial polices of the journal:

*http://josis.org/index.php/josis/about/editorialPolicies



Please refer to the JoSIS website for detailed instructions on paper submission. Choose “Special Feature Research Articles” from the first drop down menu in the submission form and “Provenance & Credibility” in the Comments to the Editor.

*http://josis.org/index.php/josis/about/submissions


JoSIS Editors-in-Chief

Matt Duckham

Jörg-Rüdiger Sack

Michael Worboys

Today, data is being generated, contributed, collected and processed at rates faster than any other time in history. While considerable research has gone into organizing, synthesizing and making sense of both the original data and the methods applied to them is often ignored or considered as an after thought. The need for data provenance continues to play an important role in information science, arguably more so in today's sensor-rich data universe. As the amount of data contributed through social media applications, mobile devices, and other user-generated sources continues to increase, so does our need to investigate the trustworthiness of the information and the expertise of the people contributing it. Not only does provenance improve accountability but it also allows scientists, policy makers, and the public to ask questions about the content. Through provenance we can begin to ask questions surrounding the of the content, sources, and methods used in collecting and contributing the data.

The geospatial sciences offer a unique perspective to the discussion of credibility and provenance. As all data are generated with some level of location information, space and place are subjects on which questions of credibility can be asked. What components are important for assessing credibility in spatial information? Is assessing platial information credibility any different than investigating other forms of information credibility? Does the location at which data is generated, collected, organized or processed impact its trustworthiness? Do the terms used to describe these data imply the same thing to different users and communities?


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

  • Provenance of spatial and platial data

  • Trust and expertise in user-generated geo-content

  • Credibility in volunteered geographic information

  • Authoritative vs. crowd-sourced geoinformation

  • Geosocial / Location-based social networking applications

  • Geodata privacy

  • Uncertainty in data quality

  • Spatio-temporal credibility models

  • Role of provenance and credibility in spatial analytics

  • Spatial data validation techniques

  • Gamification

  • Motivation for data contribution

  • Location-based gaming

  • Platial vs. Spatial credibility

  • Credibility concerns unique to geodata

  • Semantics, ontologies and the representation of scientific workflows and data

Submissions of the following types will be considered:

  • Research papers on original research results

  • Surveys on the state of research in the outlined areas

  • System and Application reports on research enabling tools, lessons learned from applications, user interaction & interfaces