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COSIT goes Open Access

The first call for papers for COSIT 2017 was circulated last week. The conference will be held in L’Aquila, Italy, from September 4-8 2017. I was happy to see that the COSIT steering committee has decided to move the outlet for the full paper proceedings from Lecture Notes in Computer Science to Schloss Dagstuhl’s Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, which is Open Access under CC-BY.

The submission deadlines are:

  • March 1, 2017, for full papers
  • May 15, 2017, for posters

Linked Science 2016— Supporting Collaboration and Learning in e-Research Infrastructures (LISC2016)

Our proposal for the next (6th!) Linked Science workshop at ISWC has been accepted. Our theme this year is “Supporting collaboration and learning in e-research infrastructures” to help diminish the knowledge gap between technologists and those less tech-savvy. Here’s the gist of it, head over to for the full announcement:

When: October 17 or 18, 2016
Where: Kobe, Japan
Collocated with the 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2016).

Submission deadline for full and short papers will be July 7th 2016, 23:59 Hawaii time.

Substitute GIS Assistant Professor Position Open at Hunter College

The Department of Geography at the Hunter College of the City University of New York, located in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, invites applications for a one year appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science, beginning August, 2016.

The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and be prepared to teach graduate level Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Introduction to Geographic Information Science; combined graduate and undergraduate level Advanced GeoInformatics and a special topics course in the candidate’s area of focus (for a total of 3 courses per semester). It is expected that the successful candidate will also mentor a small group of undergraduate and graduate students over the course of the academic year. Candidates must have a PhD in Geography or a related discipline. The Department of Geography has a suite of geospatial software and dedicated lab facilities, and approximately 150 undergraduate majors and 50 MA/GIS Certificate students.

Applicants should submit via email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, copies of or links to up to three publications, contact information for three references, and any questions to Review of applications will begin March 18, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Open Source GIS Training Course at Hunter College, January 2016 Edition

I’ll be offering the one-week professional training course on Open Source GIS again through Hunter College Continuing Education. It will be running from January 25–29, 2016. We have changed the content of the course a bit, so that each day is a self-contained unit, and participants can book individual days if they are only interested in specific topics – or book the full week to get the full FOSS GIS treatment. This is the schedule:

  • Monday: QGIS. Hands-on introduction to the most popular FOSS desktop GIS, covering setup, data management, spatial analysis, map design, digitizing, the plugin ecosystem, and integration with other FOSS GIS software.
  • Tuesday: PostGIS. Introduction to the spatial extension to the popular PostgreSQL database. Participants will learn how to set up and use PostGIS as the central data storage in their GIS software stack, how to connect it to other software, and how to query the database using SQL.
  • Wednesday: Geospatial Python. General introduction to the Python programming language with a specific focus on its capabilities for processing and analyzing geographic information, including automating GIS workflows, raster and vector data processing, and geocoding.
  • Thursday: Web Mapping. Introduction to the development of interactive web maps using online services such as·CartoDB·and·MapBox, as well as JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet and OpenLayers.
  • Friday: Web Services. Introduction to Geospatial web services including OGC services such as the Web Map Service and the Web Feature Service, as well as tile services that deliver base maps for interactive web maps. Participants will learn how these different kinds of web services work and practice how to set up and configure different kinds of web services.

Head over to the Hunter Continuing Education website for information on prerequisites, pricing, and signup.

SublimeText and LaTeXTools on El Capitan

I find myself using Atom for most of my text editing these days, but for LaTeX editing I still rely on SublimeText. This is mostly because of the excellent LaTeXTools plugin that makes LaTeX editing really convenient in Sublime. Unfortunately, updating OS X to El Capitan broke this setup. It took me a while to figure out how to fix this, so here’s the short story:

  1. Download and install MacTex 2015.
  2. In Sublime, go to Tools > Command Palette, look for LateXTools: Reconfigure and migrate settings, and hit enter to execute the command.

That’s it. This will update LaTeXTools with the new path of the LaTeX executables, which had to be moved around due to new restrictions on the /usr directory introduced in El Capitan. Just be aware that this will overwrite any customizations that you may have added to your LaTeXTools setup.

Tenure Track Faculty Positions at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

The Environmental CrossRoads Initiative at The City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center invites applications for full-time, tenure-track faculty members at any rank.

We seek outstanding scientists who have a demonstrated capacity to engage in interdisciplinary field, laboratory, and synthesis research on human-ecosystem interactions, with an emphasis on urban and human-dominated regional systems. Applications are welcome in the areas of: state-of-the-art environmental sensing including novel instrumentation development and deployment, coupled with integrative, synthesis-oriented environmental research. The position seeks to catalyze innovation in urban systems research and applications within the CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative.

Individuals filling these positions are expected to serve major roles in the research and education programs of the ASRC, along with the teaching missions of one of the colleges within the CUNY system.


Candidates are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) in environmental sciences or engineering: ecology, biogeochemistry, energy analysis, urban systems, systems analysis.

Expertise in one or more of the following areas is sought: urban and regional metabolism (materials, water and energy – stocks, flows, processes); environmental biogeochemistry across land-atmosphere-water media; energy systems analysis; large scale observatory design using sensor networks and in situ instrumentation; remote sensing over local, regional, and larger domains; data integration, simulation, and/or geospatial modeling; interdisciplinary thinking and synthesis.

Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Successful candidates will have academic appointments at one of the senior CUNY colleges.

Final faculty ranks will be determined by the qualifications and experience of successful candidates, with our primary criteria being a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching.

How to apply

Applicants should electronically submit 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a 1-2 page cover letter summarizing research accomplishments, future directions and views on interdisciplinary research, and 3) a brief (3 page max) description of proposed research. Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf to the Environmental CrossRoads Search Committee c/o Charles Vörösmarty. Please submit all materials at, Job# 6239. All application materials must be received by November 30, 2015.

For more information, please see our website at or contact Dr. Charles Vörösmarty ( or Dr. Anthony Cak (

The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

Opportunities for PhD Students at CUNY


The Ph.D. program in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York has the following opportunities for Ph.D. students entering the Fall Semester of 2016:

  • Up to four Graduate Center Fellowships for qualified candidates. This fellowship provides students with tuition and $25,000 each year for the first five years of study. The fellowship consists of a $23,000 stipend in the Fall and Spring semesters, a $2,000 summer research stipend, a graduate assistantship, a tuition award, and eligibility for low-cost individual or family NYSHIP health insurance.
  • One or more five-year Presidential MAGNET Fellowships for qualified candidates. This fellowship is awarded to incoming students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It comprises an annual stipend of $24,000, a graduate assistantship, tuition and fees, and eligibility for low cost health care insurance. The fellowship covers full in-state tuition for five years; for the first year, out-of-state students receive an additional tuition supplement covering up to 12 credits per semester. Fellows also receive a $1,000 start up stipend in the first year to help with the costs of beginning doctoral studies; during the third year Fellows receive a $1,500 research/travel stipend to help lay the ground work for the dissertation project.
  • Up to two Science Fellowships which provide $24,000 per year for two years, and in-state tuition to students in the first ten semesters they are registered. In many instances, in years three through five, faculty grants supplement Science Fellowships.

These fellowships are competitive and will be given to the most qualified students.

Deadline for applications is December 15, 2015.

For more information go to the program web site at:

Students interested in GIScience research topics should contact Sean C. Ahearn, Jochen Albrecht, or myself.

New publications

I’ve got some new papers coming up:

  • Carsten Keßler (forthcoming) OpenStreetMap. In Shashi Shekhar and Hui Xiong, Encyclopedia of GIS, 2nd edition. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany (accepted).
  • Carsten Keßler (2015) Using the Web as a Data Source: Challenges for Linked Science. In: 5th Workshop on Linked Science 2015— Best Practices and the Road Ahead (LISC2015). October 12, 2015, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Collocated with the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2015).
  • Carsten Keßler, Ling Ren, and Simon Ayzman (2015) Privacy-Preserving Contagious Disease Tracking. In: Spatial Information for Human Health. University of California, Santa Barbara, December 9–12, 2015.