[DL] CFP: COSIT workshop on Spatial and Geographic Ontologies
pierre.grenon at ifomis.uni-leipzig.de
Tue Jun 17 19:04:08 CEST 2003
FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN SPATIAL AND GEOGRAPHIC ONTOLOGIES
Tuesday 23rd September 2003
To be held in conjunction with:
Conference on Spatial Information Theory
24-28 September, Ittingen, Switzerland
There is currently much interest in the development of Ontologies to
support a wide variety of tasks including knowledge reuse, data
integration, knowledge acquisition, knowledge management, web-based
services and many other information applications.
The spatial and geographic domains involve a rich and highly
interdependent conceptual structure. Some kind of ontology specifying
the meanings and logical connections between these concepts is
essential to supporting: a) applications which can access this data in
a flexible way; and b) sharing of spatial information between
applications. However, spatial and geographic concepts present
particularly acute problems for ontology construction. They stand in
highly complex relationships to underlying physical reality and are
often associated with deep ontological issues such as problems of
vagueness and identity through time.
The workshop will focus on those aspects of spatial and geographic
information where the nature of the domain has a fundamental impact on
ontology construction. It will provide a forum for presentation of
new work in the following and related areas:
* key problems and issues in the construction of spatial and geographic
- foundational ontology of spatial properties and relations,
- vague and ambiguous spatial and geographic concepts,
- the relationship between geographic and physical concepts,
- modelling spatial granularity,
- events and spatio-temporal processes,
- identity of spatial/geographic objects through time,
- aggregate objects
* examination of strengths and weaknesses of state-of-the-art spatial
and geographic ontologies.
* appropriate methodologies for constructing and evaluating ontologies
in the spatial domain.
* mechanisms for integration and inter-operation among different
We invite interested parties to submit either position papers (1-2 pages)
or full research papers (up to 12 pages) on any topic related to the
Papers should be submitted by email in PDF format to
Brandon Bennett <brandon at comp.leeds.ac.uk>
Pierre Grenon <pierre.grenon at ifomis.uni-leipzig.de>
The submission deadline is 1/8/03
Authors will be notified of acceptance on 15/8/03
A registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of room hire.
This will be kept as low as possible.
Further details of the workshop will be posted on the web site at:
Please distribute this call for participation to anyone
you think might be interested.
Brandon Bennett and Pierre Grenon
IFOMIS Uni Leipzig
pgrenon at ifomis.uni-leipzig.de
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