Geospacial Semantics Workshop

Call for Interest in Attending

Workshop on Semantics in Geospatial Architectures: Applications and Implementation

October 28-29, 2013
Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI), University of Wisconsin-Madison

This two-day workshop is focused on including semantic components in geospatial applications and architectures. Geospatial domain and GIS people not currently involved in the semantic area are encouraged to come to the workshop to listen to presentations, engage in discussions, and help guide users’ needs. A goal of this workshop is to foster the inclusion of semantics in geospatial systems including national spatial data infrastructures (NSDIs) and state information systems. This workshop is supported by an NSF INTEROP grant.

There is no cost but please register to provide accurate meal counts.

Workshop topics 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. The workshop format will be presentations with follow-on discussions and summaries. A report will be prepared on the results of the workshop.

Contact information: Nancy Wiegand, wiegand at cs DOT wisc DOT edu

Original Call for Out-of-State Participation is available here.