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AGILE 2009 Pre-Conference Workshop “Challenges in Geospatial Data Harmonisation”

Workshop Description

European Spatial Data Infrastructures (ESDI) integrate the diversity of geospatial data available for a multitude of European organisations. The implementation of SDI in the context of initiatives like INSPIRE, GMES and SEIS, requires that the organisations document, publish and harmonise their geospatial data and support users in accessing this information in a suitable way.

Data harmonisation is about creating the possibility to combine data from heterogeneous sources into integrated, consistent and unambiguous information products, in a way that is of no concern to the end-user. This poses many different research challenges for facilitating the harmonisation of geospatial data and metadata by automating the necessary steps as far as possible.

This workshop will bring together researchers from different communities to investigate current strategies and discuss future research collaborations in the wider context of data harmonisation. Further, the idea of the workshop is to learn about ongoing activities in research projects that provide successful test cases for enabling geospatial data harmonisation.

The workshop will take place on 2nd of June as a pre-conference workshop of the 12th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Hannover. All workshop participants have to register through the AGILE conference website.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to

  • Research in harmonisation processing for e.g. resolution, generalisation, edge matching, multiple representation, schema translation
  • Conceptual Schema Translation
    • Specification of the mapping process
    • Formal language for the specification
  • Quality
    • Specification of quality evaluation processes for harmonisation
    • Metrics for quality evaluation of mapping processes
    • Investigating the impact of processing on the quality of data
  • How to enable semantic interoperability?
    • Approaches with formal semantics, collaborative approaches, approaches from machine learning, ...
    • How to measure and express thematic accuracy?
  • Handling gridded data (multidimensional grids) or dynamic data (e.g. mathematical models for forecasts)
    • Harmonisation issues
    • Harmonisation processes
  • Automatic set up of data harmonisation process
    • Identification of existing heterogeneities such as semantic, geometric, resolution or others
    • Methods to automatically assign a specific harmonisation process to a detected heterogeneity?
    • How to handle specification and execution of workflows for web services to construct complex transformation services?

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Paper Submission

We invite submissions of short papers (max 2000 words). We are looking for innovative research ideas as well as experiences with applications and technologies. We especially encourage young researcher and PhD students to submit their work. All papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be invited for presentation at the workshop. Selected paper will be invited for an extended submission for a Special Issue of the IJSDIR.

Please send your submission by e-mail to Ms Elfriede Fendel, e.m.fendel@tudelft.nl.

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Important Dates

Deadline for submission 17 April 2009
Notification of acceptance 01 May 2009
Workshop 02 June 2009

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Programme Committee

  • Rolland Billen, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Marian de Vries, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  • Pasquale Di Donato, University of Rome, Italy
  • Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Lassi Lehto, Finnish Geodetic Institute, Finland
  • Michael Lutz, Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Pier Giorgio Marchetti, European Space Agency, Italy
  • Hardy Pundt, University of Applied Studies and Research, Hochschule
  • Harz-Wernigerode, Germany
  • Matthäus Schilcher, Technical University of Munich, Germany

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Organisation

Eva Klien, Department of Graphic Information Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD), Email: eva.klien@igd.fraunhofer.de, Phone: +49 6151 155 412, Fax: +49 6151 155 444

Sisi Zlatanova, Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology, Email: s.zlatanova@tudelft.nl, Phone: +31 15 278 2714, Fax: +31 15 278 4422

Christine Giger Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie, ETH Zürich, Email: cgiger@ethz.ch, Phone: +41 44 633 3051, Fax: +41 44 633 1101

Astrid Fichtinger, Institut für Geodäsie, GIS und Landmanagement, Technische Universität München, Email: astrid.fichtinger@bv.tum.de, Phone: +49 89 289 22975, Fax: +49 89 289 22878

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Accepted Papers

Formal specifications to automatically identify heterogeneities

N. Abadie (Institut Géographic National/France)

Cross-Border Harmonisation of Spatial Base Data – An Example from a German-Czech project

C. Gedrange, M. Neubert, M. Sequeira (Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development/Germany)

Automatic creation of INSPIRE related metadata from Sensor Web Enablement Services

D. Hilbring (Fraunhoger IITB/Germany), K. Schleidt (Umweltbundesamt/Germany)

Considerations for Harmonising Cross-Border Geospatial Datasets

G. Hobona (University of Nottigham/UK), C. Attardo (Intergraph/Italy), R. Laurini (INSA de Lyon/France), M. Jackson (University of Nottigham/UK), M. Pla (Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya/Spain), S. de Zorzi (Corila/Germany), A. Breu (Intergraph/Germany), C. Roussey (Université de Lyon/France), A. Kmiecik (Intergraph/Poland)

Harmonisation of Spatial Semantic Integrity Constraints

S. Mäs (AGIS, University of the Bundeswehr Munich/Germany)

The sdi-suite Inspire Fusion Center Pilot

B. Masterson, T. Miegel (Con terra GmbH/Germany)

The Semantic Sensor Network Ontology: A Generic Language to describe Sensor Assets

H. Neuhaus (Tasmanian ICT Centre, CSIRO/Australia), M. Compton (CSIRO ICT Centre/Australia)

Conceptual schema matching with the Ontology Mapping Language: requirements and evaluation

T. Reitz (Fraunhofer IGD/Germany), M. de Vries (Technical University of Delft/The Netherlands)

Translation of Geospatial Data – Challenges, Solution and Vision

S. Schade (University of Münster, Germany)

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Tentative Workshop Programme

09:15-10:30 SESSION I
Welcome / Introduction
Eva Klien
Keynote: Challenges in Geospatial Data Harmonisation: Examples and Approaches from the HUMBOLDT project
Astrid Fichtinger, Eva Klien
Translation of Geospatial Data – Challenges, Solution and Vision
Sven Schade
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 SESSION II
Conceptual schema matching with the Ontology Mapping Language: requirements and evaluation
Thorsten Reitz, Marian de Vries
Harmonisation of Spatial Semantic Integrity Constraints
Stephan Mäs
Formal specifications to automatically identify heterogeneities
Nathalie Abadie
12:30 -14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 SESSION III
Considerations for Harmonising Cross-Border Geospatial Datasets
Gobe Hobona, Carmelo Attardo, Robert Laurini, Mike Jackson, Maria Pla, Stefania de Zorzi, Anette Breu, Catherine Roussey, Alina Kmiecik
Cross-Border Harmonisation of Spatial Base Data – An Example from a German-Czech project
Claudia Gedrange, Marco Neubert, Myra Sequeira
The sdi-suite Inspire Fusion Center Pilot
Marcus Richter, Barry Masterson, Tino Miegel
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 SESSION IV
The Semantic Sensor Network Ontology: A Generic Language to describe Sensor Assets
Holger Neuhaus, Michael Compton
Automatic creation of INSPIRE related metadata from Sensor Web Enablement Services
Désirée Hilbring, Katharina Schleidt
Round Table Discussion and Wrap-up

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