GEO-C article top downloaded article of Sustainable Cities and Societies.

Three months after publication, the paper “The Lisbon ranking for smart sustainable cities in Europe”, by GEO-C fellow Adeoluwa Akande and co-authors Pedro Cabral, Paulo Gomes and Sven Casteleyn (GEOTEC), is now the most downloaded paper (in the last 90 days) of the journal “Sustainable Cities and Societies”.

The paper ranks European capital cities according to their smartness and sustainability, based on a systematically reduced – using multivariate statistics – set of indicators originating from the UNECE / ITU framework into a single score, and using publicly available Eurostat data. Based on the ranking, some interesting observation can be made. The ranking shows a geographical divide among northern and western cities, performing better, and eastern cities, performing worse. A correlation between wealth and smartness/sustainability was also uncovered: wealthier cities perform better than poorer cities. A final interesting observation is that there is no correlation between a city’s population/size and its ranking. Many other interesting observations were made; if interested, you can find the full article here:

Congratulations to Adeoluwa and team, keep up the good work!


From time to time we have PhD students who defended his/her thesis in UJI.  The rather bizarre case is to have 5 students who defended their theses in 48 hours. We all at UJI are proud of them and of the scientific and managerial milestone that we successfully achieved last week.

Our five GEO-C (http://www.geo-c-eu) early stage researchers are now doctors! Below their final PhD manuscripts. All but one defenses were chaired by leading scientific women in their fields.

Public presentation on GEO-C project results in Münster

As part of a public lecture series on digitalisation at WWU Münster, Christian Kray yesterday (Nov 5, 2018) delivered a public lecture on “Participation, integration and transparency in an urban context: the benefits and pitfalls of digitalisation” (Teilhabe, Integration und Transparenz im urbanen Kontext: Digitalisierung als Chance und Gefahr).  In his lecture, he introduced the basic idea behind smart cities and gave an overview of the potential benefits and dangers that such cities hold.  He then presented the GEO-C project and some example results before focussing on location information and location privacy, the topic investigated by Mehrnaz Ataei (ESR13).  Using the lecture itself as an example scenario, he explained why location information can provide deep insights on the person who is sharing it.  Highlighting the importance of a concerted effort, he then pointed out how different stakeholders can contribute towards countering the dangers and realising the benefits of smart cities, based on the results produced by Mehrnaz Ataei.  He concluded by providing an outlook on future developments.  In the plenary question and answer session following the presentations, topics such as data protection, political implications and social scoring were discussed.

The lecture slides are available for download here and the podcast can be accessed here (both in German).

GEO-C Vision Paper on Intelligent Geovisualizations accepted for presentation at SIGSPATIAL 2018

The paper  “Intelligent Geovisualizations for Open Government Data” (Authors: Auriol Degbelo and Christian Kray) has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference.

Abstract: Open government datasets (OGD) have been flooding the Web in recent years. Geovisualisations are the natural way of making sense of them, and have been gradually coming out. However, one key problem is the lack of flexibility of these visualizations, which severely limits their re-use in new scenarios. This article, therefore, proposes to increase the intelligence of existing geovisualizations by incorporating five features, to make better use of OGD: (i) automatic geographic data type recognition, (ii) generation of geovisualization designs, (iii) monitoring of users’ understanding of geographic facts, (iv) self-optimization, and (v) user activity recognition. In addition to benefiting users of OGD, realizing these features presents rich scientific challenges and opportunities for Geovisualization research, the OGD landscape (and beyond).

The Paper “Place and City: Toward Urban Intelligence” is the cover of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Volume 7, issue 9)

The paper of Albert Acedo (ESR04) and colleagues has been selected to be the cover of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Volume 7, issue 9).

The citizenship place network of cities is still hidden. Although many authors foresee the spatial structure of a city theoretically, its operationalization remains constrained in urban studies. This research contributes to this discussion through the exploratory examination of the geographical relationship between a sense of place and social capital at the collective and individual level. Using spatial data collected through a web-map-based survey, we found that a sense of place and social capital spatial dimensions had a non-disjointed relationship for approximately half of the participants and showed a spatial clustering when they were aggregated. This research wants to open up the agenda for further research into exploratory place-based geography studies and sets up common ground for other socially-oriented conceptualizations or applications.

Geo-C Researcher Mentors USAID YouthMappers Research Fellow

Adeoluwa Akande, a PhD researcher at NOVA IMS has been selected to serve as a mentor in the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship.

The 9-month program is designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on the resilience of vulnerable populations around the world.

Adeoluwa will be mentoring Dennis Irorere, a student of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria on his researched titled “Leveraging open data and geospatial technology for food security”. His study seeks to develop a platform that can be a repository for farmer’s and agricultural produce data. Furthermore, a crop cultivation map will be developed for Ondo State, one of the most influential states in Nigeria, to foster positive decision making.

All new data created during the course of this research will be open and accessible to the public using the OpenStreetMap platform and tools to ensure it is freely available for the greater public good, particularly local populations planning for the welfare and vitality of their own communities.

NOVA IMS and GEO-C team are pleased to welcome the visit of Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh

Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh is a worldwide renowned academic researcher and authority in the field of Information Systems with nearly 80000 citations in Google scholar. He was invited by the GEO-C team to visit NOVA IMS school on 03 and 04 of July 2018 to deliver a seminar and provide feedback to improve the research of Mijail Naranjo-Zolotov (esr05).

Title of seminar: “Road to success: A guide for doctoral students and junior faculty members in the behavioral and social sciences”

Seminar with Prof. Viswanath Venkatesh: "The road to success"



Biography: Viswanath Venkatesh, who completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1997, is a Distinguished Professor and Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics, both in terms of premier journal publications and citations. His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society.

Reproducible Research and Industrial Property Rights Protection: A Success Experience in Indoor Positioning

You all are cordially invited to attend a lecture talk “Reproducible Research and Industrial Property Rights Protection: A Success Experience in Indoor Positioning” by Dr. Joaquín Torres, Postdoc at Geotec and Visiting Researcher at CCG.

Abstract: Reproducible resarch and Open Science are concepts that should applear in researchers CV. Donating collected datasets and experimental data boost the disemination of the projetcs and research. Providing the methods implementation as supplementary materials enables the research community to perform fair comparisons and doing important advances in the research topics. However this enters in conclict to one main objective of researchers, transferring technological and scientific findings to society. This seminar is intended to show a success case where open science and transfer have been successfully balances, following the premise of the EC “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.


Where: Sala multiusos (UB1206SM), Espaitec2, UJI
When: July 5th and 6th 2018, from 11:00 to 14:00

NOVA IMS and GEO-C team are pleased to welcome the visit of Dr. Christy M K Cheung

Dr. Christy M K Cheung is a worldwide renowned researcher in the field of Information Systems with more than 12400 citation in Google scholar. She was invited by the GEO-C team to visit NOVA IMS school from 21 to 25 of May 2018 to deliver a seminar and provide feedback to improve the research of esr#05 Mijail Naranjo-Zolotov. We are very pleased by her visit.

Title of seminar: Societal Impacts of ICT Use: Understanding Bystanders’ Proactive Reporting Responses to Online Harassment

Christy M.K. Cheung is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and e-Business Management at Hong Kong Baptist University. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the College of Business at City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Technology Use and Well-Being, IT Adoption and Use, Societal Implications of IT Use, and Social Media. She has published over one hundred refereed articles in international journals, and conference proceedings, including Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, MIS Quarterly and among others. She is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Internet Research and President for AIS-HK Chapter.