In the true spirit of openness after sending an open call in the community , I had the pleasure to inform the nomination of Dr Seraphim Alvanides as the new co-chair (replacing myself) of the Geospatial IG  at the Geospatial IG meeting at RDA Berlin and it was accepted by all members present. So it is my great pleasure to welcome Seraphim as the new co-chair of our IG .Seraphim is an Associate Professor in Geographical Information Science, based at Northumbria University (Newcastle UK), since 2010. More details of him at ,. I thank Serpahim for coming forward and I am sure he will bring new ideas for expanding this IG.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to start this IG and build ideas with amazing colleagues globally. I thank all colleagues for thier help, support and kindness provided to me during my time as chair of this IG.I will keep providing support as ordinary member and will do my best to keep working on Geospatial IG ideas. I request all colleagues to support our chairs so we can keep expanding Geospatial Data Science ideas globally.