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A Survey for Geospatial Data Users

Many different applications we deal with on a daily basis have some kind of geographic dimension. This geospatial information is normally required for decision making at different levels. However, this information is dispersed among a multiplicity of sources. At GeoKnow we aim to make information seeking easier by allowing exploration, editing and interlinking of heterogeneous information sources with a spatial dimension.

Now we are interested in getting to know the people that face these kinds of issues in their everyday work. We have created a survey to help us to understand and to hear more about their experience with geospatial data.  This survey targets geospatial data consumers and providers, and GIS users interested in having an integrated web of geospatial data.

If you use geospatial data in your work, your contribution in this survey will be highly appreciated. The outcome of this survey will impact the use cases and requirements for the GeoKnow project, which aims to create a versatile software framework to rapidly generate spatial semantic web applications.

We are offering a 20 euro Amazon voucher to the first 50 completed surveys. Willing to participate? Please go right away to:

The Geoknow Survey

We value your participation!

Descartes Core 2013 Geo-Semantics Meeting 03/20-22/2013, Santa Barbara, CA

Dear all,

We would like to announce the Descartes Core 2013 geospatial semantics specialist meeting that will take place 03/20-22/2013 at Santa Barbara, CA, USA. The meeting aims at taking the current series of GeoVoCamps, workshops, and specialists meetings to the next level by establishing a common core of (geo-)ontology design patterns, vocabularies, best practice guides, examples, software, and services, that aim to foster semantic interoperability between different (Linked Data) sources without restricting semantic heterogeneity at the same time.

Please find more information and registration details at:

The meeting will be organized as a so-called Geo-Vocabulary Camp (GeoVoCamp). This is a series of free and informal but highly productive meetings in which domain experts and ontology engineers work together to discuss problems and projects and to develop ontologies and tools. Previous events have resulted in a number of geo-ontologies, new collaborations, and research papers. If you are interested in geospatial semantics, linked spatiotemporal data, big geo-data, semantic interoperability and heterogeneity, semantic annotations and metadata, or geographic information retrieval, we hope that you will be able to join us this March. We especially welcome participants from different domains such as the digital humanities or chemistry that are interested in space and place.

Please register as soon as possible to help us in organizing the event. We will announce the schedule, activities, speakers, and potential topics for breakout groups during the next weeks using the wiki at The page also contains links to some previous events.

Mark Gahegan, Pascal Hitzler, Werner Kuhn, and Krzysztof Janowicz