Reproducible research and GIScience: An evaluation using GIScience conference papers

F.O. Ostermann*, Daniel Nüst, Carlos Granell, Barbara Hofer, M. Konkol

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GIScience conference authors and researchers face the same computational reproducibility challenges as authors and researchers from other disciplines who use computers to analyse data. Here, to assess the reproducibility of GIScience research, we apply a rubric for assessing the reproducibility of 75 conference papers published at the GIScience conference series in the years 2012-2018. Since the rubric and process were previously applied to the publications of the AGILE conference series, this paper itself is an attempt to replicate that analysis, however going beyond the previous work by evaluating and discussing proposed measures to improve reproducibility in the specific context of the GIScience conference series. The results of the GIScience paper assessment are in line with previous findings: although descriptions of workflows and the inclusion of the data and software suffice to explain the presented work, in most published papers they do not allow a third party to reproduce the results and findings with a reasonable effort. We summarise and adapt previous recommendations for improving this situation and propose the GIScience community to start a broad discussion on the reusability, quality, and openness of its research. Further, we critically reflect on the process of assessing paper reproducibility, and provide suggestions for improving future assessments. The code and data for this article are published at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science - Part II, GIScience 2021
EditorsKrzysztof Janowicz, Judith A. Verstegen
Place of PublicationDagstuhl
ISBN (Electronic)9783959772082
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021
Event11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, GIScience 2021 - Virtual, Poznan, Poland
Duration: 27 Sept 202130 Sept 2021
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs
ISSN (Print)1868-8969


Conference11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science, GIScience 2021
Abbreviated titleGIScience 2021
CityVirtual, Poznan


  • GIScience
  • Open science
  • Reproducibility
  • Reproducible research


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