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From: Gary Berg-Cross <gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:09:50 -0400
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The following is a preliminary draft of the:    (01)

3nd Annual Spatial Ontology Community of Practice Workshop:
Development, Implementation and Use of GeoSpatial Ontologies and
Semantics    (02)

This will be held Dec 3, 2010 at the USGS facility in Reston, VA    (03)

The Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) is hosting a
workshop on spatial semantics and ontologies at the U. S. Geological
Survey (USGS) National Center    (04)

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192 on Friday December 3,
2010 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. This workshop is organized by SOCoP with
support from the USGS, Ontolog, and others.    (05)

The purpose of the workshop is to continue the discussion from the
previous SOCoP workshops in advancing spatial ontologies and semantic
tools in the geospatial data domain. The main theme of this 3rd
iteration of the workshop is the current and future state of
development, implementation, and use of geospatial semantics and
ontologies in meeting organizational mission and program needs.    (06)

In addressing this theme, as at last year’s workshop, we anticipate
having a morning of talks and an afternoon of small group roundtable
discussions.  Expected this year will be presentations on GeoSPARQL, a
geo SameAs Demonstration with related discussion on geosemantics, Open
Geospatial Consortium GeoSemantics, USGS Ontology for The National
Map, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency activities.    (07)

 In addition there will be a discussion about a National Science
Foundation INTEROP Project which was recently awarded to  several
Spatial Ontology Community of Practice members.  This Project: “an
Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing,
Integration, and Interoperability” promises to be an exciting
opportunity in developing and using ontologies, software tools, and
collaboration methods to support geospatial data sharing, integration,
and interoperation.    (08)

There is no charge for the workshop and more information about SOCoP
and the workshop will available at as it is developed.
Even though there will be no charge for the Workshop, we will ask
attendees to register with SOCoP to facilitate logistics and entry
into the USGS Building.   Any questions regarding the 3rd Annual SOCoP
Workshop can be addressed to Dr. Gary Berg-Cross via email:
gbergcross@xxxxxxxxxx    (09)

A final program, meeting location directions and registration
information should be available soon.    (010)

Proceedings from last year’s Workshop complete with presentation
slides and audio are available at,
thanks to the support of Ontolog.    (011)

A copy of this is available on the Wiki ( and will be
updated with registration and final speaker information as it is
available.    (012)

Feel free to communicate this announcement to interested parties.  We
are also open to suggestions on Roundtable discussion topics for the
Gary Berg-Cross,Ph.D.
SOCoP Executive Secretary
Knowledge Strategies
Semantic Technology
Potomac, MD
240-426-0770    (013)

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