Public Participation GIS and Participatory GIS in the Era of GeoWeb – editorial for a special issue

I really need to re-blog this post, not only because I have a paper in the special issue, but also, because I am really happy, that the Cartographic Journal published such a special issue! If you want mine or any other paper, please let me know!

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As part of the AAG 2015 conference,Bandana Kar, Rina Ghose, Renee Sieber and I organised a set of sessions on Public Participation GIS – you can read the summary here. After the conference, we’ve organised a special issue of the Cartographic Journal (thanks to Alex Kent, the journal editor) dedicated to current perspectives of public participation GIS (PPGIS) and participatory GIS (PGIS).

The process of organising a special issue is quite involved – not all the papers that start the journey managed to finish, and even at the last point, 2 papers that are part of the special issue will appear in the next issue of the journal due to physical limitations and the number of pages that appear in each issue!

Working with an editorial group across the US, Canada, and the UK was also a challenge, especially as we were all busy, as usual…

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Call for Papers: 9th International Student and Early Career Conference NEW WAVE

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 9th International Student and Early Career Conference NEW WAVE in Prague, Czechia on 25th – 26th May, 2017.

Traditionally, the NEW WAVE conference draws graduate and post-graduate students, as well as young professionals from the fields of physical and social geography, cartography, demography and related disciplines to share and discuss their research in a friendly and open-minded atmosphere with an international audience.

You can find the first call for papers attached.

We encourage you to submit complete session proposals, individual papers or posters. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th March, 2017.

The registration form is available here:

For more details please see our conference website:

Organization of the conference is provided by the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development and the Geographical Institute, Faculty of Science, Charles University.

The conference is held under the auspices of the Mayor of the Borough of Prague 2, the Councillor of the City of Prague, the Rector of Charles University, and the Czech Geographical Society.

RGS-IBG Annual Conference: Call for Papers for “The interdisciplinary field: destabilizing knowledge production through practice” session

Very good friend of mine and colleague is looking for papers for the session he plans to organise at RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London.  Please see the call below and share within your networks.


Call for Papers (Deadline Monday 6th February 2017)

The interdisciplinary field: destabilizing knowledge production through practice

Organisers: Chris Perkins (University of Manchester,; Sybille Lammes (University of Warwick,; Jana Wendler (University of Warwick, Continue reading

The Crisis Map of the Czech Republic: the nationwide deployment of an Ushahidi application for disasters

It took us a while, but finally our paper about the Crisis Map of the Czech Republic got published (see abstract below). If you are interested in full paper, let me know, I will send you a private copy.
What is the paper about can be also found in this video.

Jirka Pánek
Pánek, J., Marek, L., Pászto, V. and Valůch, J. (2016), The Crisis Map of the Czech Republic: the nationwide deployment of an Ushahidi application for disasters. Disasters. doi:10.1111/disa.12221
Crisis mapping is a legitimate component of both crisis informatics and disaster risk management. It has become an effective tool for humanitarian workers, especially after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Ushahidi is among the many mapping platforms on offer in the growing field of crisis mapping, and involves the application of crowdsourcing to create online and interactive maps of areas in turmoil. This paper presents the Crisis Map of the Czech Republic, which is the first such instrument to be deployed nationwide in Central Europe. It describes the methodologies used in the preparatory work phase and details some practices identified during the creation and actual employment of the map. In addition, the paper assesses its structure and technological architecture, as well as its potential possible development in the future. Lastly, it evaluates the utilisation of the Crisis Map during the floods in the Czech Republic in 2013.