The third International Conference on GIS will be held Oct. 20-23, 2004, in College Park Campus, Maryland.

GIScience 2004 is the follow-up meeting to the highly successful GIScience 2000 and 2002 conferences. At each of the previous conferences in the series approximately 150 papers were selected for presentation from among a large international pool of submissions. GIScience 2004 will again bring together scientists from academia, industry and government to analyze progress and to explore new research directions. It will focus on emerging topics and basic research findings across all sectors of geographic information science. The conference program aims to attract leading GIScience researchers from all fields to reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of GIScience, including cognitive science, computer science, engineering, geography, information science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, social science and statistics. The conference will be held at the conference center of the University of Maryland's College Park campus, within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and accessible from the Washington Metro and several major airports. Full details are available at

We solicit research papers in all areas of geographic information science. Since GIScience 2004 focuses on advances in the fundamentals of geographic information science, submission of GIS application papers is discouraged. To accommodate the variety of papers and presentations that result from an interdisciplinary melting pot, GIScience 2004 will give authors choices about the type of submission they wish to make.

  • Full papers, consisting of 5,000-word manuscripts, will be thoroughly reviewed. Manuscripts must describe original work that has not been published before nor is currently under review elsewhere. Papers must be written in English, in 12-point type, and double-spaced. All submissions will be reviewed by three members of the international program committee, and high-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Full papers must be submitted by April 12, 2004.
  • Extended abstracts of 500-1000 words, describing work in progress, will be screened by the program committee, and those submissions selected will be published in a booklet and be presented at the conference. Extended abstracts must be written in English, in 12-point type, and double-spaced. Extended abstracts will be received until June 28, 2004.

All submissions (full papers and extended abstracts) must be sent electronically to Material can be submitted as PDF files or Microsoft Word files.

Important Dates

  • April 12, 2004: Full papers due
  • May 31, 2004: Review results of full papers transmitted to authors
  • June 28, 2004: Extended abstracts due
  • July 5, 2004: Camera-ready versions of accepted full papers due
  • October 20-23, 2004: Conference

    Max J. Egenhofer, Christian Freksa and Harvey J. Miller Program Co-Chairs, GIScience 2004,,

    GIScience 2004 is organized by: National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (USA), Association of Geographic Information Laboratories Europe, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (USA) and the Association of American Geographers.

    Source: SpatialNews, Dec. 2, 2003