CFP: COSIT workshop on Spatial and Geographic Ontologies

From: Pierre Grenon (
Date: 06/17/03

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                          WORKSHOP ON
                      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
        ontologies, including:
         -  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
        spatial/geographic ontologies.
    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
       Brandon Bennett <>
       Pierre Grenon  <>
    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.
    Best Regards,
    Brandon Bennett and Pierre Grenon
    Pierre Grenon
    IFOMIS Uni Leipzig
    Haertelstr. 16-18
    04107 Leipzig
    phone: 49(0)351971672
    fax: 49(0)3519716179

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