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Spatial Semantics for Automating Geographic Information Processes

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It is a commonly quoted statistic that up to 80% of information is spatially referenced in some way. Yet the spatial aspect of much of that information is unusable for computing due to its latent semantics that are either unexpressed or expressed informally, and to the limitations of reasoners and formal languages for representing spatial semantics. Currently, discovering, processing, analysing and visualising geographic data requires experts that understand the meaning of geospatial data and can intelligently accomplish these tasks. For example, integrating remotely sensed imagery landcover data for decision supporting workflows requires experts to understand and manually reformat and analyse the data. Expressing the semantics of geospatial data in computable form will enhance data and knowledge discovery, improve integration of different types of spatial information, support data harmonisation, automate procedures for processing, analysing and visualising geographic information and ultimately facilitate decision making for eScience.

News and Events

Call for Visitors

Key to the themes at eSI are research conversations with visitors to the eSI who contribute to the theme activities. If you are a researcher with an interest in issues of representing and utilising the semantics of spatial information and would like to visit eSI sometime in 2007, please have a look at the eSI Visitors Programme. Alternatively, there are also funding opportunities available to vist us at Edinburgh University from The Royal Society of Edinburgh.


The following people will be visiting us at eSI as part of the theme:

03.03.07-09.03.07 Werner Kuhn (University of Münster )
14.05.07-07.06.07 Werner Kuhn (University of Münster )
09.07.07-25.07.07 Werner Kuhn (University of Münster )
06.03.07-09.03.07 Alia Abdelmoty (Cardiff University)
14.05.07-25.05.07 Alia Abdelmoty (Cardiff University)
22.05.07-01.06.07 Kristin Stock (Nottingham University)
16.07.07-21.07.07 Boyan Brodaric (Natural Resources Canada)

Theme Events

07.03.07 - 09.03.07 European Geoinformatics Workshop
presentation slides; breakout sessions: QSR, Geosemantic Standards, Web 2.0; final plenary session notes
17.07.07 - 18.07.07 Knowledge Infrastructures for the Geosciences
workshop programme, presentation slides, workshop output
01.11.07 - 02.11.07 The Chris Date Seminar: Data and Knowledge Modelling for the Geosciences
presentation slides
26.11.07 - 27.11.07 Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructures Workshop at the Welsh eScience Centre in Cardiff

Other Events

The following events might be of interest in the context of the theme:

21.03.2007 Land and Marine information Integration workshop
10.-15.06.2007 Vespucci Summer Institute on Geospatial Ontology

Presentations and Reports

eSI Public Lecture: Why on Earth do we need spatial semantics?, Dr. Femke Reitsma. e-Science Institute, 1 March 2007

eSI Visitor Seminar: Semantically-Aware Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis for Humanitarian and Natural Crisis Management, Dr. Kristin Stock. e-Science Institute, 31 May 2007

eSI Theme Lecture: Abstraction Requirements in Geospatial Applications, Prof. Werner Kuhn. e-Science Institute, 1 June 2007

eSI Public Lecture: Spatiotemporal Queries for Environmental Monitoring with Wireless Geosensor Networks, Dr. Matt Duckham. e-Science Institute, 18 June 2007

Technical report: Brodaric, B. (2008). Science Knowledge Infrastructure Ontology, version 3.0, UK e-Science Technical report series.

About the Theme

Theme Leaders

Alia Abdelmoty from the University of Cardiff
Werner Kuhn from the University of Münster
Femke Reitsma from the University of Edinburgh
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