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FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN
SPATIAL AND GEOGRAPHIC ONTOLOGIES
Tuesday 23rd September 2003
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
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
accute 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 graularity,
- 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 above areas.
Papers should be submitted by email in PDF format to
Pierre Grenon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The submission deadline for research papers is 1/8/03
Authors will be notified of acceptance on 15/8/03
Delegates, Position Statements and Research Papers
Full details of the currently confirmed workshop participants can be
found here, together
with position statements and research paper contributions.
You may also be interested to read the report (PDF)
of the OS sponsored workshop on Geo-Ontology
that was held in Ilkley in September 2002.
A provisional schedule can be found here.
If you are interested in attending but have not yet submitted a paper
or position statement, please send a short description of your interests
For enquiries about accommodation and other aspects of the conference
please contact Sabine Timpf (email@example.com).
A small registration fee in the region of 50 CHF will be charged
on site to cover the cost of room hire.