Thank you very much for your participation, discussion, insights and the presentations in this second edition of #OD4OC. The final report will be available soon.

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 Full Papers

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.

The call for short papers is currently closed. But you still have some time to register to be a participant in the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for papers: March 15, 2018 (Extended to April 12, 2018) 
  • Author Notification: April 14, 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

Cosmina Radu is currently working at the European level, assisting the European Commission in the implementation and monitoring of its digital transformation and open data policies in the Member States.
As part of the European Data Portal project, Cosmina is in charge of the annual European Commission Flagship Benchmark measuring the Open Data Maturity in Europe. She is leading the task-force around the Open Data landscaping activities in 34 European countries – the 28 EU Member States, the EFTA countries, and the EU accession candidates. As Service Lead, Cosmina is coordinating the tailored support activities in the European countries and assisting the Open Data teams at a national level in designing and implementing their Open Data transformation strategies.

In the broader EU context, Cosmina is providing strategy and technology consultancy on aspects such as open data, the data economy, as well as the modernization of public administration and electronic Government.

In her previous work, Cosmina has assisted the successful implementation of several digital transformation projects in the field of eGovernment and eJustice. 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-driven transformation and strategy design, as well as strategy execution with the focus on project and change management as well as test and quality management.

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)