The date for expressing interest in attending
or presenting at the Geospatial Semantics Workshop is extended
to September 23. An initial URL with information is http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SOCoP/Geospatial_Semantics_Workshop,
the text of which is copied below.
Workshop on Semantics in Geospatial Architectures:
Applications and Implementation
October 28-29, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison
This is a call for position papers (about 500 words) expressing
interest to attend and/or present at a two day workshop focused
on including semantic components in geospatial applications and
architectures. Goals of the workshop are to identify and
describe existing semantic geospatial systems as well as to
discuss semantic needs in future statewide geospatial
information systems and national spatial data infrastructures
(NSDIs). As States and the Federal government create new
geospatial information systems, a goal is to foster the building
of semantic architectures. Geospatial domain and GIS people not
currently involved in the semantic area are encouraged to come
to the workshop to listen or help guide users’ needs. Also,
because semantics are newer in geospatial applications compared
to other areas, other disciplines with semantic systems are
welcome to present to potentially serve as models.
Workshop topics can range from ideas for scenarios as to how
semantics would benefit future geospatial systems to how to
actually build such systems. Semantic technology in database
systems and also the use of database systems in semantic
software are of interest. The use of semantics can be for
searching, querying, data integration, question answering, or
other areas. Semantic components can encompass ontologies,
repositories, mappings, semantic mediators, reasoners, and other
semantic software, as well as linked data and associated linked
data software. For the latter, for example, what are the pros
and cons for representing geospatial data in RDF and using RDF
systems rather than using relational or other database systems?
How could a system accommodate both RDF data and databases?
Goals of the workshop include identifying current applications
or systems that use semantic technologies, showing how semantics
are useful in those domains and systems, and descriptions of how
those systems are built (i.e., the architecture, what
technologies are being used both conceptually and in software
development). As a result, commonalities or differences in
concepts and software will be identified to recommend designs
and best practices to make semantic technology more widely used.
Also, it is likely that unmet needs will be identified for
future architectures, regarding both functionality and software.
Types of architectures could include portals, Database Systems,
SDIs, cloud, HPC, information systems, and cyberinfrastructures
such as proposed for EarthCube.
Again, the focus in this workshop is on geospatial applications
and data so results will target geospatial data. Work on
semantic mediation will be presented by OGC.
Attendees will be asked to contribute to a report write-up of
the workshop, especially to verify accuracy for descriptions of
systems they have presented, regarding existing or future use,
designs, and software development of semantics in various
geospatial architectures. Workshop format will be presentations
with follow on discussions and summaries. There are some partial
funds available for participant support from the NSF SOCoP
INTEROP grant on geospatial semantics, http://interop.socop.org.
Format for the position paper:
- About 500 words,
12 pt. font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins
affiliation, and email at the top
- Indicate if you
can present in addition to attending. If you can present and
discuss a particular semantic application or system, please
- Describe the
system you are presenting or other interest in attending
- Send to N.
Wiegand, wiegand at cs DOT wisc DOT edu
- Due by Sept. 23,
Notification of acceptance and partial funding by Sept. 25
The meeting will likely take place at the Pyle Center (702
Langdon St.). At least some hotel rooms will be available at
Lowell Hall (610 Langdon St.). The organizers will arrange hotel
rooms. These locations are close to the UW Memorial Union as
well as Lake Mendota.
The area airport is Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), 4000
International Ln #3, Madison, WI 53704, which is about 6 miles
away. There is no public transportation there, so cabs are used.