Special Issue "Use of Location-Based Information for Smart Governance"

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Science and Humanities for Smart Cities".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Dariusz Gotlib
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Chief Guest Editor
Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography,Warsaw University of Technology, Warszawa, Poland
Interests: theoretical cartography; location-based services; mobile cartography; geo-cyberinfrastructure; spatial data infrastrukture; smart cites
Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner
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Guest Editor
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Technical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Interests: theoretical cartography; location-based services; web mapping; semiology; service oriented cartography; semantic cartography
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Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: mobile cartography; location-based services; cognitive issues in cartography; visual analytics; digital transformation; mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart governance requires human intelligence, easy access to data, and advanced data analysis technologies. Geospatial data play a special role in this process. Access to current and precise information based on location is becoming a huge, key value. In smart cities, data on the development and use of space as well as the location of people, vehicles, phenomena and events are collected permanently by various sensors and applications. The idea of a digital twin is being implemented. Huge spatial big data sets are generated. Their skillful use can determine the effectiveness of the management of authorities in a given area and affect economic development. Location-based services (LBS) used for both data collection and sharing are of particular and growing importance. Technologies of modern information communication (including cartography) facilitate the everyday life of inhabitants and allow for easy interaction between the resident and the local authorities.

This Special Issue focuses on new processes and intelligent management frameworks based on state-of-the-art geoinformation technologies, from information technologies enabling the use of spatial big data to various LBS applications. This Special Issue aims for scientific research addressing the potential of integration of existing technologies or data and presenting new geoinformation solutions supporting the development of smart cities and villages.

Contributions can address the following topics:

  • Navigation applications affecting the traffic in the city;
  • Geoinformation applications supporting public urban transport;
  • Modern solutions for tourism and city promotion;
  • Integration geoinformation platforms for cities;
  • Persons as sensors in a smart city;
  • Spatial big data analysis in smart cities;
  • Mobile applications supporting authorities during a pandemic;
  • Cartographic applications using VR and AR technologies;
  • Location-based games: fun and serious city games.

Prof. Dr. Dariusz Gotlib
Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner
Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Smart cities
  • Geoinformation
  • Location-based services
  • Navigation applications
  • Mobile cartography
  • Geoinformatics
  • Spatial big data analysis
  • Digital twins
  • Location-based games

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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