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Third International Conference on Geospatial Semantics (GeoS 2009)


Third International Conference on Geospatial Semantics (GeoS 2009)


Purpose and Scope

Geospatial semantics is an emerging research theme in the domain of geographic information systems and spatial databases. The previous editions of the conference – GeoS 2005 and GeoS 2007 in late November (Mexico City, Mexico) www.geosco.org were highly successful. We have received about 100 submissions, from which 30 regular and 8 short articles have been published in Volume 3799 and Volume 4853 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science respectively. People from 28 countries and 5 continents have attended the GeoS conferences.

The third edition GeoS 2009 www.geosco.org aims at providing a forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art research results in the areas of modeling and processing of geospatial semantics. Geospatial semantics play an important role for next-generation spatial databases and geographic information systems, as well as specialized geospatial web services. This conference traditionally brings together researchers whose expertise will address issues such as:

* Theories for geospatial semantic information
* Formal representations of geospatial data
* Models and languages for geoontologies
* Alignment and integration of geoontologies
* Integration of semantics into spatial query processing
* Spatial information retrieval
* Ontology-driven GIS
* Geospatial Semantic Web
* Multicultural aspects of spatial knowledge
* Cognitive aspects of geospatial semantics
* Measuring semantic similarity between spatial datasets
* Representing context for geospatial semantic information
* Semantic Sensor Web
* Ontology-based visualization of geospatial data
* Conceptual models of dynamic geospatial environments
* Personalization of geospatial semantic services

Paper Submissions

Authors are invited to submit full papers of approx. 18 single-spaced pages, in English, formatted in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science style (www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Papers, formatted in PDF, must be submitted through the conference web site (www.geosco.org). At least three members of the Program Committee will evaluate each paper based on scientific significance, relevance to the conference, novelty, relation to previously published literature, and clarity of presentation. The GeoS 2009 proceedings will be published as a volume in Springer’s LNCS series.


* Pascal Hitzler: State of the Art and Vision for the Semantic Web

* 2nd Keynote to be announced


* Building a Web of Sensors; 52°North (Arne Bröring and colleagues)

* OWL 2 Rules; Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch and Sebastian Rudolph


GeoS 2009 will be held at the Centro de Investigacion en Computacion (CIC) in Mexico City (www.cic.ipn.mx). The conference site has a spectacular view of the Popocatepetl volcano, which will be snow-covered at the beginning of December. Early December is the best time of the year for traveling to Mexico City with typically clear weather, moderate temperatures, and a deep blue sky.

Important Dates

Papers submission: July 31, 2009
Notification of acceptance: September 4, 2009
Submission of camera-ready papers: September 14, 2009
Registration: October 30, 2009 (early birds – October 15, 2009)
Workshops: December 1 and 2, 2009
Conference: December 3 and 4, 2009

General Chair

Sergei Levashkin, Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mexico City, Mexico

Program Co-Chairs

Krzysztof Janowicz, GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography at Penn State, USA
Martin Raubal, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Local Organizing Comitee
PIIG-Lab, Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mexico City, Mexico

Miguel Martinez (chair)
Nahun Montoya
Walter Renteria
Iyeliz Reyes
Gerardo Sarabia
Linaloe Sarmiento
Roberto Zagal

Program Committee

Neeharika Adabala, Microsoft Research, India
Pragya Agarwal, University College London, UK
Ola Ahlqvist, Ohio State University, USA
Naveen Ashish, UC-Irvine, Irvine CA, USA
Ioan Marius Bilasco, FOX-MIIRE team at Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale de Lille (LIFL), France
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Brandon Bennett, University of Leeds, UK
Tom Bittner, University at Buffalo, USA
Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
Gilberto Camara, INPE, Brazil
Isabel F. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Clodoveu Davis Jr., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Andrew U. Frank, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen, Germany
Mark N. Gahegan, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Cory Andrew Henson, Wright State University, USA
Stephen Hirtle, University of Pittsburg, USA
Pascal Hitzler, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Jerry Hobbs, ISI, USA
Prateek Jain, Wright State University, USA
Christopher B. Jones, Cardiff University, UK
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Carsten Keßler, University of Münster, Germany
Alex Klippel, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California, USA
Margarita Kokla, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Dave Kolas, BBN Technologies, USA
Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
Michael Lutz, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Italy
Miguel Felix Mata Rivera, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico
Marco Painho, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Christine Parent, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Vasily Popovich, Saint Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, RAS, Russia
Sudha Ram, University of Arizona, USA
Andrea Rodriguez, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
Christoph Schlieder, University of Bamberg, Germany
Angela Schwering, University of Muenster, Germany
Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA
Kathleen Stewart Hornsby, University of Iowa, USA
Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Michael F. Worboys, University of Maine, USA

CfP: TGIS Special Issue on Semantic Similarity Measurement and Geospatial Applications

Special Issue on Semantic Similarity Measurement and Geospatial Applications


  • Krzystof Janowicz, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Martin Raubal, University of California at Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
  • Angela Schwering, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
Semantic similarity measurement is central for enabling semantic interoperability between geographic information systems and web services as well as for improving the accessibility of tasks such as information retrieval for human users.

Similarity-based information processing and reasoning are more fexible than binary match algorithms and less rigid than classical (subsumption) reasoning. We are looking for original work regarding the representation of geospatial semantics, theories for measuring semantic similarity, context-awareness, and the use of similarity measurement in geospatial

A successful workshop on Semantic Similarity Measurement and Geospatial Applications was held in conjunction with COSIT 2007, the International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (1). A substantial part of contributions addressed the role of similarity measurement and context-awareness for information retrieval, organization, and negotiation within GIScience. The special issue will build on the workshop results (2); however, it is open to submissions from anyone doing work in the area of semantic similarity.

The papers will be refereed according to the usual standards and procedures of the journal. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines presented in the Publication Manual of Transactions in GIS. Help on preparing TGIS style manuscripts is available online (3). Any readable manuscript format is acceptable for initial submission and reviewing, although PDF is the preferred format.

Please submit your manuscript of not more than 6000 words to Krzysztof Janowicz (4) by March 31th, 2008. The issue is scheduled to appear by the end of 2008.

Click here [Special Issue on Semantic Similarity Measurement and Geospatial Applications] for the PDF version of this call.

(1) http://www.cosit.info/
(2) http://musil.uni-muenster.de/events/cosit/
(3) http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/submit.asp?ref=1361-1682&site=1
(4) e-mail: janowicz-AT-uni-muenster.de