OSMScience 2023
Antwerpen, Belgium
November 10-12, 2023

Call for Participation

OSMScience 2023 is a meeting focused on the scientific study of OpenStreetMap. Its 6th edition will be part of the State of the Map Europe 2023 conference, taking place on November 10-12 in Antwerpen (Belgium) and online simultaneously, where a full day of sessions will be dedicated to scientific research about, and with, OpenStreetMap. The goal of OSMScience 2023 is to showcase the research and innovation of scientific investigations into OpenStreetMap, while at the same time providing a bridge to connect members of the OpenStreetMap community and the scientific community through an open passage to exchange ideas and opportunities for increased collaboration. We expect empirical, methodological, conceptual, or literature-review-based contributions addressing any scientific aspect related to OpenStreetMap, in particular, but not limited to, data collection, integration and quality analysis in OpenStreetMap; contribution patterns and the human/social dimensions of the project; integration of machine learning and applications in which OpenStreetMap takes a central role. In an effort to improve the interaction and collaboration between the academic and the more general OpenStreetMap communities, authors are invited to particularly highlight the practical implications or impacts of their research on the OpenStreetMap community at large.

Submission Guideline

Abstracts should be between 800 and 1200 words. These limits will be strictly enforced for a fair and balanced review process. Abstracts must be scientifically rigorous, and the content should be logically structured as follows (without the need to include subsections): introduction/background, where the problem addressed is introduced; main aim or purpose of the study; brief description of the methodology and findings achieved; final discussion highlighting the scientific contribution of the study and its practical benefits/implications. In the evaluation of proposals, the scientific committee will pay attention to the reproducibility of the research (where this is applicable). Reproducibility is ensured when the research makes all artifacts (input data, computational steps, methods and code) openly available to obtain consistent results. When available, the code shall be released under an open source license. Abstracts are to be submitted online in plain-text format (no images or figures).

Abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee and external reviewers, when needed. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to deliver an oral presentation during the OSMScience 2023 sessions at the conference or to present a poster (in case a poster session will be organised). Building on top of the successful proceedings of previous editions of the Academic Track, selected abstracts will be published in the OSMScience Conference Proceedings, each with a distinct Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in Zenodo, an open access online repository. The 2019 and 2020 Academic Track resulted in a special issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. Similarly, the scientific committee may seek to further disseminate the contributions to this conference by investigating the organization of a special issue in a relevant, open access, scientific journal. In such a case, authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper to this special issue. Successful submissions may benefit from partial or full waiver of publication fees.

Submission system: https://pretalx.com/sotm-eu-academic-track-2023/.

You can reach the Academic Track scientific committee via email to: academic-sotm@openstreetmap.org.

Key Dates


Submission Deadline (extended): August 24, 2023

Author Notification: September 15, 2023

Program Announcement: Sunday, November 12, 2023

Conference: November 10-12, 2023

Scientific Committee


Dr. Marco Minghini


European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy


Dr. A. Yair Grinberger


Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Dr. Levente Juhász

GIS Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA


Dr. Pengyuan Liu

School of Geographical Sciences, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology


Dr. Hao Li

Professorship of Big Geospatial Data Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany


Dr. Godwin Yeboah

Research Computing, University of Warwick, UK


Prof. Serena Coetzee

Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Dr. Peter Mooney

Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Ireland


Dr. Alessandro Sarretta

Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI), Italy