The second edition of Open Data for Open Cities Agile Conference Workshop: The reuse of open data through spatial analysis.

Cities are the hubs of innovation driving the economic development of the world. The explosive growth of cities and the rapid expansion of broadband and data are intersecting at a time when the world faces serious challenges to achieving more sustainable development. Cities now have an essential role to play in national and local open data initiatives. However, are cities ready to move forward regarding open data? Are user requirements taken into consideration in open data strategy? How are open data being used to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable? Which are the best practice examples to follow?

This second edition of the OD4OC workshop has a broad agenda that will guide you in how to use open geospatial data, organized around policy goals to design data-driven initiatives in communities. The workshop features two key speakers, Cosmina Radu from the European Data Portal, who will present insights from recent reports on the future of open data portals, economic benefits and entrepreneurship of open data; and Andrew Turner from Esri’s development center in Washington DC, who will show examples of open data portals built to meet the needs of citizens.

Four short-papers will be selected from those submitted, to be presented in the workshop. Authors of all accepted workshop papers will be invited to submit full papers to a special issue of the Journal /Information/ of MDPI with a submission deadline of 1st September 2018. Finally, one portion of the workshop will be dedicated to lead a brief discussion over the reusability of open geographic data, and some examples of the applicability of spatial analysis using open data from Eurostat to develop indicators to measure the sustainability of cities in Europe.

The pre-conference workshop will be held at the 21st AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Lund, 12 June 2018.

We invite all who want to be a part of a discussion on the real impact of Open Data in cities and the reuse of open data through spatial analysis to present their works, position papers,  demos, or prototypes in our workshop.

This workshop is a part of the GEO-C ( Enabling Open Cities) project which is a joint European project between three universities; NOVA Information Management School in Portugal, Universitat Jaume I in Spain and the Institute for Geoinformatics in Munster, Germany.

Call for Papers

If your research/project is related to this workshop or you want to be a part of a discussion about the reuse of open data through spatial analysis, you are invited to present your research at our workshop. The workshop topics may address aspects of Open Data use level, applications and strategies to empower and engage the citizens through Open Data in cities and it includes (but not limited to) the following:

  • Open Data (use cases and related studies)
  • Open data use for open and sustainable cities
  • Impact of Open Data on cites
  • Reusability of Open Geographic data
  • Open Data portals and its impact on Cities
  • City ranking using indicators
  • Spatial analysis of open data
  • Machine learning with open data using open tools

Submission, Important Dates  and Publication Details 

  • Short papers (2000 to 3000-word manuscript) or Position papers (< 1000 words) on your related ongoing research or demo in Open Data, its reuse, and applicability in spatial analysis.  Short papers need to be submitted by the 30th of March. Authors should follow the template for short paper submissions on the AGILE 2018 call for papers page and use the Word.doc template or the Word.docx, for the submission author need to provide their paper in PDF.

Short papers should be submitted directly via e-mail to Adeoluwa Akande at adeoluwa.akande@novaims.unl.pt.

Special Issue in Information Open Access Journal by MDPI

  • Full papers (< 6000 words). Authors of selected workshop position and short papers will be invited to submit a full paper on your completed research in open data, its reuse and applicability in enabling open cities, to a special issue of /Information/ Journal with a deadline of 1st September 2018.

Information is a fully open access journal published monthly online by MDPI and indexed by Scopus (Elsevier), Ei Compendex and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science). Please contact the OD4OC workshop committee for more details or if you have any questions regarding this special issue.

Details, the manuscript preparation, and author instructions can be found here:


Selected papers will be published on the workshop website and have the opportunity to present during the afternoon session of this workshop.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for papers: March 15, 2018 (Extended to March 30, 2018)
  • Author Notification: April 11, 2018
  • Early Registration Ends: April 15, 2018
  • Open Data for Open Cities AGILE Workshop: June 12, 2018
  • Submission deadline for Special Issue: September 1, 2018



If you are interested in attending the 2nd  AGILE Workshop Open Data for Open Cities – OD4OC in next AGILE conference in Lund – Sweden. You should register in the AGILE workshop website.  Early registration ends 15 April 2018.  https://agile-online.org/index.php/registration-2018.

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Keynote Speakers

This second edition of the OD4OC workshop has a broad agenda that will guide you in how to use open geospatial data, organized around policy goals to design data-driven initiatives in communities. The workshop features two key speakers

Cosmina Radu

As part of the public sector cluster in Germany, Cosmina has assisted the successful implementation of several digital transformation projects in the field of eGovernment and eJustice at national level. The implemented projects involved the successful deployment of major IT solutions that represent important milestones in the digital transformation of the German public sector. Her areas of expertise include IT strategy and transformation, project and change management as well as test and quality management.

She is currently working at the European level, assisting the European Commission in the implementation and monitoring of its digital transformation and data policies in the Member States. Providing strategy and technology consultancy services on aspects such as open data, the European data economy, as well as modernization of public administration and user-centric eGovernment.

As part of the European Data Portal flagship project, she assists the European Commission with the development of its annual EU Open Data Maturity Assessment and the promotion and development of Open Data strategies across the EU Member States, the EFTA countries, and the EU accession candidates.

You can check Cosmina out on Twitter  and LinkedIn


Andrew Turner

Andrew is the current director and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of ESRI’s Research and Development Center in Washington, DC. His work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process, creating open tools for cartography and analysis. His team develops new technologies for government and citizen collaboration to build communities. This includes the global ArcGIS Open Data network for open access to authoritative data, as well as open-source and interactive tools and applications to build and share insights and solutions.

Andrew is an active member of many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo and the World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster response, recovery, and rebuilding.

Andrew has consulted for enterprise and multinational organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, USGS, MapQuest, the BBC, the Library of Congress in developing their geospatial and community components. He has lectured courses and lead workshops for Stanford, Harvard, University of Virginia, and other universities.

You can check Andrew out on Twitter  and LinkedIn


The workshop will be managed by people from two European universities which are part of “Enabling Open Cities (Geo-C, www.geo-c.eu)” project. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Organizing Committee:

Programme Committee

  • Prof. Pedro Cabral (NOVA University)
  • Prof.  Marco Painho (NOVA University)
  • Adeoluwa Akande (NOVA University)
  • Prof.  Joaquin Huerta (UJI University)
  • Prof. Michael Gould (UJI University)
  • Fernando Benitez (UJI University)
  • Fernando Santa (NOVA University)