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[socop-forum] 2nd CfP: 5th International Terra Cognita Workshop 2012

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5th International Terra Cognita Workshop 2012
In Conjunction with the 11th International Semantic Web Conference
November 11-15, 2012
Boston, USA
Foundations, Technologies and Applications of the Geospatial Web


The wide availability of technologies such as GPS, map services and social networks, has resulted in the proliferation of geospatial data on the Web. In addition to material produced by professionals (e.g., maps), the public has also been encouraged to make geospatial content, including their geographical location and a record of their outdoor activities, available online. The volume of such user-generated geospatial content is constantly growing. Similarly, the amount of data extracted from the Web and published as Linked Open Data is increasing. Linked Open Data include many data sets with geospatial properties such as coordinates, feature class or topological relation. Examples of such data sets are, and

The geo-referencing of Web resources and users has given rise to various services and applications that exploit it. With the location of users being made available widely, new issues such as those pertaining to security and privacy arise. Likewise, emergency response, context sensitive user applications, and complex GIS tasks all lend themselves toward solutions that combine both the Geospatial Web and the Semantic Web.

Researchers have been quick to realize the importance of these developments and have started working on the relevant research problems, giving rise to new topical research areas such as Geographic Information Retrieval, Linked Geospatial Data, GeoWeb 2.0. Similarly, standardization bodies such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have been developing relevant standards such as the Geography Markup Language (GML) and GeoSPARQL.

The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines, as well as interested parties from industry and government, to advance the frontiers of this exciting research area. Bringing together Semantic Web and geospatial researchers helps encourage the use of semantics in geospatial applications and the use of spatial elements in semantic research and applications. The field continues to gain popularity, resulting in a need for a forum to discuss relevant issues.


Data models and languages for the Geospatial Web
Systems and architectures for the Geospatial Web
Geographic Information Retrieval
Linked Geospatial Data
Ontologies and rules in the Geospatial Web
Uncertainty in the Geospatial Web
User interface technologies for the Geospatial Web
Geospatial Web and mobile data management
Security and privacy issues in the Geospatial Web
Geospatial Web applications
User-generated geospatial content
OGC and W3C technologies and standards in the Geospatial Web


We invite two kinds of submissions:
Research papers. These should not exceed 12 pages in length.
Demos. Deployed technologies are important if the Geospatial Web is to be realized. We therefore strongly encourage the submission of demos, and the presentation of demos related to research papers (a separate demo paper does not need to be submitted in this case, but the research paper should clearly discuss the demo to be presented).
Demo papers should not exceed 5 pages in length.
Submissions should be formatted according to the Lecture Notes in Compute Science guidelines for proceedings available at

Papers should be submitted in PDF format using the Easy chair system:

At least one author of each accepted paper or demo must register for the workshop. Information about registration will appear soon on the ISWC 2012 Web page. PLEASE NOTE: ISWC does not allow workshop-only registrations.  To attend, you will need to register and pay for the workshop plus the conference.

Last year, the workshop proceedings were published electronically in the CEUR series. We plan to do the same this year.


Paper Submission:           July 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 21, 2012
Camera-ready versions:      September 10, 2012


Dave Kolas , BBN Technologies, USA
Matthew Perry, Oracle Corp., Nashua, NH, USA
Rolf Gruetter, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece


Alia Abdelmoty, Cardiff University, UK
Thomas Barkowsky, University Bremen, Germany
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA
John Goodwin, Ordnance Survey, UK
Glen Hart, Ordnance Survey, UK
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Stefan Manegold, CWI, The Netherlands
Alexandros Ntoulas, Microsoft Research
Dieter Pfoser, Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS), Athena, Greece, Athena
Florian Probst, SAP Research, Germany
Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Oezguer L. Oezcep, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Thorsten Reitz, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, Germany
Timos Sellis, Research Center “Athena” and NTUA, Greece
Spiros Skiadopoulos, University of the Peloponnese, Greece
Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin, USA
James Wilson, James Madison University, USA
Stefan Woelfl, University of Freiburg, Germany


This is the 5th Terra Cognita workshop. The previous ones were:
2011: Bonn, Germany
2009: Washington, D.C., USA
2008: Karlsruhe, Germany
2006: Athens, Georgia, USA


This workshop is organized by members of the Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) and European project TELEIOS.

TELEIOS is an FP7/ICT project with the goal of building an Earth Observatory. TELEIOS concentrates heavily on geospatial data (satellite images, traditional GIS data, geospatial Web data).

SOCoP is a geospatial semantics interest group currently mainly with members from U.S. federal agencies, academia, and business. SOCoP's goal is to foster collaboration among users, technologists, and researchers of spatial knowledge representations and reasoning towards the development of a set of core, common geospatial ontologies for use by all in the Semantic Web.

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