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The Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) has launched a global initiative to establish a consensus rating of publication outlets in Geographic Information Science. Please consider participating in the Delphi survey at http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de/delphi/. It should take you less than 15 minutes to fill in each of the planned three rounds of the survey. The value for yourself and for GIScience is considerable: for the first time, we will have a community-driven list of journals and conference proceedings, with a simple, maintained rating system (A, B, C) – and you will do the rating yourself! Such a rating is expected to help scientists and departments in providing self-evaluations as well as guidance to young researchers.
The Delphi method is widely used as a means of building consensus amongst a community with shared interests and possibly diverging goals. In general, there are three temporally distinct rounds in a Delphi survey. In the first round, starting now and closing June 15, you will be asked for your general opinion – in this case we ask you which publication outlets you would identify as publishing primarily GIScience content. The second round in the summer will present the compilation of results from the first round and will ask you to rate each of them. The final round, in the fall, will present the summary of the ratings given by all participants and will allow you to confirm your original rating and if you wish, to comment on the group consensus. All of the contributions are combined after each round with dissenting comments clearly shared so that the final product can get as close to a group consensus as possible.
We expect to undertake at least two Delphi surveys to arrive at the rating system, including mappings from other ratings or publication outlets to ours. Find further information on the scheduling, as well as some background information, at the web site listed above. If you have any questions, please address them to one or all of us.
We sincerely hope that you will participate in this important community exercise and we look forward to being able to provide a result that will benefit each one of us.
Werner Kuhn, Karen Kemp, Christoph Brox
AGILE Initiative on Publication Outlet Rating