CoP ForestDSS News October 2016

10.27.2016 |
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This is the October 2016 newsletter of the Community of Practice (CoP) on Forest Management Decision Support Systems sent to all registered members. We would like to update you on the recent developments in the CoP:

Opportunity to participate in DSS related conferences:

There are several conferences organized next year, which allow strengthening collaboration and outreaching by the DSS community. In the conferences the members of the CoP are actively engaged as session organizers or co-organizers of the conference, which allow also side meetings to be organized:

The ICDSST-2017 is organized by the  EWG-DSS – EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems and sponsored by EURO – the Association of European Operational Research Societies. The ICDSST-2017 on “Data, Information and Knowledge Visualisation in Decision Making” will study the role, the qualities, the models and methods offered by visualisation of data, information and knowledge in the process of decision and the mechanisms of decision support.  The special session ‘The use of DSS in forest resources management and policy analysis’ aims at easy to use decision support tools for the complex interactions in spatial and temporal contexts between society and forest resource management. The deadline for full paper submission to ICDSST 2017 is 30 November 2016, in order for your submission to be considered for publication by Springer in the series of Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP). For detailed information about submissions, please visit the ICDSST 2017 official website:
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The 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress will take place in Freiburg, Germany 19th-22nd of September 2017. On behalf of the Congress Scientific Committee we invite you to submit your abstract for the session “Decision Support Approaches in Adaptive Forest Management”, which is organised by IUFRO units 4.04.00, 4.04.06 and 4.03.03 and the CoP ForestDSS. The session 61 "Decision Support Approaches in Adaptive Forest Management" is part of the All Division 4 Meeting. We would like to explore the different ways how adaptive forest management can be implemented and supported by DSS. The organizers would like to invite presenters (oral and poster) from different thematic areas including harvest scheduling methods, participatory forest management, risk resilient forest management and forest decision support systems. Deadline for Submissions is 30 November 2016.
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The Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR 2017) will take place near Seattle, in Washington, US from August 27-31, 2017.  The 2017 SSAFR is going to be unique in a way as it will bring together two traditionally disconnected disciplines both working on forest decision support systems: the remote sensing/geospatial informatics community and operations researchers. Abstract submissions are now being accepted for SSAFR 2017. The symposium aims to have presentations representing a broad area of systems analysis models and techniques useful for analyzing problems associated with the management of forest resources. For more information please check out Deadline for Submissions is 10 January 2017
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There are many more conferences scheduled for 2016/2017 - you are able to track the latest call for abstracts and get to know about interesting conferences at the news and events page of the CoP.

Call for papers in journals

The Journal of Forest Policy and Economics (FORPOL) is seeking papers for the special issue "Models and tools for integrated forest policy analysis"  It aims at improving understanding and capacities in the use of forestry decision support tools for integrated policy analysis. Submission Deadline is 30th of October, 2016.
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The Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA, ISSN Online: 1945-3124), a peer-reviewed open-access journal, is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on "Decision Support Systems". Researchers are invited to submit original research papers to this issue through the Paper Submission System. Submission Deadline is January 18th, 2017.
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The Journal Sustainability will comprise a selection of papers that present recent approaches and tools for addressing the sustainability of forest management scheduling. It aims at reporting research focusing on Decision support systems as platforms for the transfer of technology and knowledge of forest ecosystems in a way that is understandable to everyone, thus addressing participatory planning concerns. For more information please check out Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2016.
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New members

In the last months a number of new members joined the Community of Practice and we welcome them all: Hector Tuy from Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala), Miguel Segur from CESEFOR Foundation (Spain), Giovanni Preto from Padua (Italy), Milena Lakicevic from University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture (Serbia), Brady Mattsson from University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria) among many others. We are happy about their involvement in the CoP and warmly welcome the new members - Here are only some new members with their affiliation highlighted - for more details on all members please refer to the search page

In case that you would like to share your activties and your DSS related projects with the community, please provide us with a short notice, so that we are able to include the information in the portal and the next newsletter. Please check out the website for further announcements via the (news and events pages) or follow the latest discussions at the (community pages).