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

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