Workshop On Linked Spatiotemporal Data 2010

In conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2010)

Zurich, 14-17th September, 2010; the workshop will be held on the 14th September 2010.

Workshop Description & Scope

Whilst the Web has changed with the advent of the Social Web from mostly authoritative towards increasing amounts of user generated content, it is essentially still about linked documents. These documents provide structure and context for the described data and easy their interpretation. In contrast, the upcoming Data Web is about linking data, not documents. Such data sets are not bound to a specific document but can be easily combined and used outside of the original context. With a growth rate of millions of new facts encoded as RDF-triples per month, the Linked Data cloud allows users to answer complex queries spanning multiple sources. Due to the uncoupling of data from its original creation context, semantic interoperability, identity resolution, and ontologies are central methodologies to ensure consistency and meaningful results. Space and time are fundamental ordering relations to structure such data and provide an implicit context for their interpretation. Prominent geo-related Linked Data hubs include as well as the Linked Geo Data project which provides a RDF serialization of Open Street Map. Furthermore, myriad other Linked Data sources contain location-based references. This workshop aims at introducing the GIScience audience to the Linked Data Web and discuss the relation between the upcoming Linked Data infrastructures and existing OGC services-based Spatial Data Infrastructures. The workshop results will directly contribute to the ongoing work of the NeoGeo Semantic Web Vocabularies Group, an online group focused on the construction of a set of lightweight geospatial ontologies for Linked Data. Overall, the workshop should help to better define the data, knowledge representations, reasoning methodologies, and additional tools needed to link locations seamlessly into the Web of Linked Data. Subsequently, with the advent of "Linked Locations" in Linked Data, the gap between the Semantic Web and the Geo Web will begin to narrow.

List of Relevant Topics

Topics of interest for the Linked Spatiotemporal Data workshop include (but are not limited to):

Workshop Format and Structure

The workshop will focus on intensive discussions setting a roadmap towards publishing, structuring, retrieving, and consuming Linked Spatiotemporal Data. The outcomes will be integrated into the ongoing work from the NeoGeoVocamp group. The workshop will accept three kinds of contributions, full research papers presenting new work in the indicated areas, statements of interest, and demonstrations. While the first will be selected based on the review results adhering to classical scientific quality criteria, the statements of interest should raise questions, present visions, and point to the open gaps. We also especially welcome demonstrations of existing tools, applications, description of ontologies, and linked data repositories. Statements of interest and demonstration papers will also be reviewed to ensure quality and clarity of the presented ideas.

The workshop will be structured as follows:

  1. A short tutorial will introduce the basic ideas, languages, and tools to get started with Linked Data.
  2. Full papers, statements of interest, and demonstrations will be presented with a focus on discussions.
  3. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on the Semantic Enablement of Spatial Data Infrastructures and the relation of Linked Data to classical OGC services.

Submissions and Proceedings

All presented papers will be made available through the workshop web-page and the electronic conference proceedings of GIScience 2010. Full research papers should be approximately 10 pages, while statements of interest and descriptions of demonstrations should be between 2-4 pages. All submissions have to be formatted according to Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science style (Latex, Word). The proceedings will be available at GIScience 2010 and will be published at CEUR-WS later on. Selected papers will be considered for a fast-track submission to an open-call special issue on Linked Spatiotemporal Data to appear in the Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability journal from IOS Press. The issue is targeted for the first quarter of 2011 with a paper deadline in October/November 2010. Note that the journal explicitly also accepts ontologies as contributions.

Please upload your submission using the workshop's EasyChair web-page.

Important Dates

Submission due: 30. April 2010

Acceptance Notification: 11. June 2010

Camera-ready Copies: 25. June 2010

Accepted Papers



Programme Committee

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