Message from Editor-in-Chief

2021-12-13

Final issue of Volume 17 of International Journal of Geoinformatics brings rich collection of research papers related to geospatial techniques and its applications in disaster risk management, agriculture, logistics, Image transformation, hydrogeology and human health. I witnessed in past couple of years relatively fewer papers in remote sensing image processing, transformation and analysis but current issue brings 4 papers out of 10 in this direction. One of them relates to deep learning of SAR imagery. I am sure rich state of the art tools of Machine Learning and Deep Learning are heading to change the course of image analysis and accurate knowledge development. New generation of scientists may focus on this.

I also wish to extend my congratulatory message to the staff members of international Journal of Geoinformatics in successfully completing the Volume 17 which had 6 issues due to rise in number of papers. We also successfully implemented the DOI allocation for papers for its easy dissemination in the scientific community. This will bring accessibility and citations of papers which may enhance the Impact Factor of the Journal and also the Citescore in coming years. We have been accepting papers directly  by email in the transition period but our efforts will be to move to total online submission and review process in the year 2022. This will expedite the article processing and publication which is requested by several authors.

I also congratulate all the authors of the papers in IJG in Volume 17 kept their research active despite a historic depression due to Covid -19 pandemic. We conducted International Conference on Health GIS IN February 2021 and published a special issue on the same in October 2021 after peer review process. This was challenging but the online conference was a success and gave opportunity to many top speakers to render Keynote Address without travelling. This experiment was very encouraging however several scientists are missing the personal face to face interaction. We hope to continue virtual workshops and conferences till Covid 19 and its variants subside and normalcy is restored around the world.

There is no doubt that there has been tremendous adverse impact on education and research around the world and it did affect the geoinformatics research and development. Let us ponder over the future of scientific research in coming year 2022 and 2023. How to get research funding and do geospatial research for human development and sustainability? IJG will conduct series of workshop in this direction to bring various stakeholders together on one virtual platform to find out strategies to rejuvenate the research and sustain the knowledge development.

Globally, as of 10 December 2021, there have been 267,865,289 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,285,888 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 8 December 2021, a total of 8,158,815,265 vaccine doses have been administered. Double Vaccination has greatly controlled the cases and normalcy is slowly returning and causing economy to grow again. The panic factor still haunts and policy makers are still cautious. But I feel that we must learn to live with this by precautionary measures and also ensuring double vaccination and booster dosage in coming 5 years.

Now, we join hands in thanking to all frontline workers for their untiring efforts in this scary environment in saving millions of human life and save it from extinction. Together we can do it. Let us wish each other  “A better 2022” and start preparing for it. Wish you all Merry X’Mas and a happy new year 2022.