Workshop on Geographic Information Observatories 2014 call for paper


Our workshop proposal has been accepted by the GIScience 2014 conference, which will be held in Vienna, September, 23-26. The title of the workshop is called Geographic Information Observatories. In this workshop we would like to explore the idea of expanding GIScience research to empirically examine the structure of the geographic information universe itself, with the hope that a better understanding of this universe will ultimately give us new insights into how this information can be utilized.

Topics (include but not limited to):

  • Describing the ecosystem (universe) of geographic information now and in the future.
  • Social network analysis of geographic information communities: communities identification, expertise, and authority discovery.
  • Information Retrieval and the role of geospatial science.
  • Relationships between crowdsourced geographic data and data from authoritative infrastructures; how to integrate data across these different types of sources.
  • Analysis of applicability of geographic laws (e.g., Tobler's law) to learn from Big Data.
  • Discovery of laws for the information universe.
  • Discovery of geographic information and knowledge from unstructured data (e.g., social media).
  • Measuring prediction success of GIScience methods for real-world situations.
  • Finding correlations / causal relationships between communities / demographic groups of data producers and the types/quality/value of geographic data they generate.
  • Searching over geographic data networks that are highly heterogeneous and distributed.
  • Automatic matching of geographic data to fit analysis tasks.
  • Studying the relationships between how technologies are used and the kinds of geographic information they produce.
  • Link discovery from Big Data.
  • Analysis and representation of change and events in observed information feeds.
  • The dispersion of geographic information (in online communities).
  • Information Value Theory
  • Cyber-infrastructure needs for geographic information observatories.
  • Emerging semantics

Important Dates:

  • Submission due: 16 May 2014
  • Acceptance Notification: 6 June 2014
  • Camera-ready Copies: 20 June 2014
  • Workshop: 23 September 2014

For detailed information, please visit the workshop website.