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Workshop on Spatial Data on the Web 2016 at GIScience 2016

I am helping to organise a  Workshop on Spatial Data on the Web 2016 at the 9th International Conference on Geographic Information Science  Montreal, Canada – September 27-30. 2016.

Workshop Description and Scope

In their first joint collaboration, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have established the Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. The group aims at investigating and providing guidance for the following challenges (1) how can spatial information best be integrated with other data on the Web; (2) how can machines and people discover that different facts in different datasets relate to the same place or feature, especially when this place is expressed or represented in different ways and at different levels of granularity; (3) and what are existing methods and tools to publish, discover, reuse, and meaningfully integrate spatial data. The group is presently surveying the landscape of existing theories, methods, tools, and standards and is creating a set of best practices for their use.

The GIScience community has a long standing interest and expertise in many of the issues outlined above. In fact, work on geospatial semantics, geographic information retrieval, data integration, and spatial data infrastructures, has been part of the GIScience research agenda for many years. Therefore, this workshop aims at bringing researchers together to (1) discuss typical challenges in publishing spatial data on the Web,

(2) identify best practices,

(3) point out conceptual and theoretical foundations that need to be strengthened or established,

(4) identify common quality issues for existing data and lessons learned,

(5) improve and develop existing geo-ontologies for the semantic annotation of spatial data, and

(6) discuss interface and services that will further improve data linking, sharing, and retrieval across communities.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Semantic Enablement of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Quality issues in geo-ontologies and Linked Spatiotemporal Data
  • Experience reports on scalability, discoverability, and so forth
  • Coreference resolution and data linkage
  • New perspectives on semantic interoperability
  • Publishing, retrieving, and accessing sensor data
  • Modeling measurement types
  • Ontologies for space and time
  • Event conceptualization and representation
  • Long term preservation of spatial data
  • Provenance and the publication of scientific workflows
  • Trust and information credibility frameworks
  • Coverages as Linked Data
  • GeoSPARQL in the wild
  • Geo-Data in JSON-LD
  • Geo-data specific user interfaces for Linked Data and beyond
  • RESTful services and Linked Data services
  • Use Cases and Requirements for spatial data on the Web
  • Best practice for publishing spatial data on the Web

Workshop Format

The workshop will focus on intensive discussions and experience reports to identify common challenges and best practice for publishing spatial data on the Web. The workshop will accept two kinds of contributions, full research papers (6-8 pages) presenting new work, surveys, and major findings in the areas indicated above, as well as statements of interest (2-4 pages). While full papers 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 existing gaps. However, statements of interest will also be reviewed to ensure quality and clarity of the presented ideas. The presentation time per speaker will be restricted to 10 minutes for statements of interest and 15 minutes for full papers. This ensures that there is enough time for discussions, interactions, and breakout group leading to a typical workshop setting instead of a mini-conference. Papers should be formatted according to the Latex or Doc LNCS template.

Submissions shall be made through easychair at

To register for the workshop, please visit
Important Dates

Submission due: 20 May 2016
Acceptance Notification: 17 June 2016
Camera-ready Copies: 25 June 2016
Workshop: 27 September 2016


Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Joshua Lieberman, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University, USA
Kerry Taylor, Australian National University, AU
Grant McKenzie, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Simon Cox, CSIRO, AU
Ed Parsons, Google, UK

Programme Committee
Werner Kuhn – University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Adila A. Krisnadhi – Wright State University, US
Tomi Kauppinen – Aalto University School of Science, FI
Payam Barnaghi – University of Surrey, UK
Carsten Keßler – Hunter College, City University of New York, US
Oscar Corcho – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES
Sven Schade – European Commission – DG Joint Research Centre, IT
Christoph Stasch – 52º North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, DE


IoT Technology Research Award Pilot

There is understandable interest in the Internet of Things fral all people involved with Geospatial Technology,  as after all location is a foundational component for many IoT applications. I still love the fact that my central heating is controlled by a Nest thermostat monitoring the location of my smartphone, making sure my home is not heated unnecessarily, while turning on the heating when I am 30 minutes from home.

Yesterday Google Research announced the Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot,  a programme to provide Research with IoT technology to carry out short term experiments.

Technology available include;

  • OnHub Router, Chrome Boxes.
  • The Google beacon and Physical web platform.
  • Google Cloud Platform IoT Solutions

Submit your proposal by February 29th in order to be considered for a award. We are  looking for projects that offer impact and interesting ideas so priority will be given to research that can make immediate use of the todays technologies.

A night at the Worlds Busiest Airport..

An early flight from Chicago’s O’Hare airport required a stay at the O’Hare Hilton, not recommended but the view is good..

Interesting fact courtesy of wikipedia, the IATA code for Chicago ORD comes from its original name Orchard Field, another name to bring back perhaps along with Idlewild ?

Talking of lost traditions..

Posted from the American Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago .

Election Maps – Can do better ?

Showing my age a bit I know, but my first real exposure with web mapping was supporting the use of Autodesk’s then revolutionary MapGuide software for the 1997 General Election on the UK.



Web Mapping was young then.. a bit like Tony Blair !

Over the next few months people will be rushing to their shiny new web tools to visualise the election on May 7th, but have we really moved on in our efforts to explain the geographic distribution of results..

You are likely to see maps like this ..

2010 UK Election Map : Source Wikipedia
2010 UK Election Map : Source Wikipedia

Which are highly misleading as the electoral system in the UK  is not based on the area of parliamentary constituencies which is a key feature of this map!  For a well argued criticism of  choropleth mapping like this in elections, take a look Ken’s excellent blog post on the subject from a few years ago.

With this as motivation I’m pleased to announce that Google is sponsoring a special prize at this years British Cartography Society awards for the “Best Election Map”, hopefully we will see some innovative approaches that go beyond the choropleth!


Waldgoel leads to adventure ?

I very rarely get spam or junk email at work (Gmail is really very good a filtering out the stuff you don’t want to see) but this email dropped into my inbox today..

If only Waldgoel was real..

Compliment, Am Chnatal Waldvogel, I work with a pharmaceutical company here in Canada and I got your contact from Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce in Canada and I decided to contact you directly for an investment with my company if you can understand English, Bahasa.
Our company is into production of Pharmaceutical products and Animal Vaccines. There are some agricultural seeds that my company needs from Indonesia for the production of our Animal Vaccines and Anti-viral drugs.
We have been purchasing the materials from Pakistan and Sri Lanka but it is very scarce now and we got information that it also exist in Indonesia but we are having problem with the owner of the products due to language barrier.
Please take a moment out of your very busy schedule to respond back to me at my private e mail address for more detail.

It would make a great film script don’t you think,  seed smuggling in Indonesia, featuring speed boats, helicopters.. a femme fatale..

Oh well, back to work !


The Lost Maps of… Victoria

Railway Stations are busy places and just like Airports seem to be permanent building sites with modifications both temporary and those longer lasting changing their design organically.

So it is unsurprising that remnants of the past dot our stations and go unnoticed to regular travellers rushing to board trains or find buses or taxis as quickly as possible.  Such is the case with these two maps at London’s Victoria stations, beautiful representations of the  mainline and suburban services of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway which operated services from the western part of the current station between 1860 and 1922.

Next time you are on your way to Gatwick Airport by train (notable on the map as a location of  both a golf course and race course !) see if you can find these two lost maps..