This is a list of my scientific contributions, each item can be further open to get more information.

Fusion of wildlife tracking and satellite geomagnetic data for the study of animal migration

We developed a novel data fusion method that helps researchers link Earth magnetic field data from satellites to GPS trajectories of tracked animals. This paper describes the technical process to of combining geomagnetic data (from European Space Agency Swarm satellites) with animal tracking data using a new spatio-temporal interpolation method. The tool was developed in Python. This is the first tool of this kind, and we hope it can help ecologists better understand how wildlife response to short-term variations on the geomagnetic field.

By Benitez-Paez, Fernando and Brum-Bastos, Vanessa da Silva and Beggan, Ciaran D. and Long, Jed A. and Demsar, Urska

June 11, 2021

Establishing the integrated science of movement: bringing together concepts and methods from animal and human movement analysis

Movement analysis has become an integral part of many disciplines, yet with relatively little overlap. A foresight paper in this journal entitled “Towards an integrated science of movement: converging research on animal movement ecology and human mobility science” argued for a better integration of concepts across the divide of animal and human movement, which would lead to the Integrated Science of Movement.

By Urška Demšar, Jed A Long, Fernando Benitez-Paez, Vanessa Brum Bastos, Solène Marion, Gina Martin, Sebastijan Sekulić, Kamil Smolak, Beate Zein, Katarzyna Siła-Nowicka

March 25, 2021

Openness: A Key Factor for Smart Cities

Openness in smart cities incorporates three key dimensions – transparency, participation, and collaboration – which affect various domains such as data processing or service provision. Using examples from ongoing and previous research, this chapter also discusses how to realize openness in practice and what benefits and drawbacks can result from different degrees of openness. Based on these considerations, a number of key issues are highlighted that are important to take into account in the design of smart cities and in the transformation process towards a sustainable, smart, and open city.

By Simge Özdal Oktay, Sergio Trilles Oliver, Albert Acedo, Fernando Benitez-Paez, Shivam Gupta, Christian Kray

January 8, 2021

Creating a conceptual framework to improve the re-usability of open geographic data in cities

This article, based on data collected through an on-line survey, participatory workshops with data user communities in four cities (in Colombia and Spain), and interviews with Valencia good-government office, identifies four elements for a conceptual framework to improve the re-usability of open geographic data in cities.

By Fernando Benitez-Paez, Alexis Comber, Sergio Trilles, Joaquin Huerta

August 2, 2018

Roadblocks Hindering the Reuse of Open Geodata in Colombia and Spain: A Data User’s Perspective

This article suggests a taxonomy of these barriers for Colombia and Spain, based on a literature review, an online questionnaire, and workshops conducted in four cities of these two countries. The taxonomy highlights that issues such as outdated data, low integration of data producers, published data being difficult to access, misinterpretation and misuse of released data and their terms of use are the most relevant from the data consumer’s point of view.

By Fernando Benitez-Paez, Auriol Degbelo, Sergio Trilles, Joaquin Huerta

December 23, 2017