[Semantics] Special Issue on Linked Spatiotemporal Data and Geo-Ontologies

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[Semantics] Special Issue on Linked Spatiotemporal Data and Geo-Ontologies

Ann Hitchcock
Dear List,

Call for Papers
Semantic Web Journal
Special Issue on Linked Spatiotemporal Data and Geo-Ontologies

Whilst the Web has changed with the advent of the Social Web from mostly
authoritative towards increasing amounts of user generated content, it is
essentially still about linked documents. These documents provide structure
and context for the described data and easy their interpretation. In
contrast, the upcoming Data Web is about linking data, not documents. Such
data sets are not bound to a specific document but can be easily combined
and used outside of the original context.
With a growth rate of millions of new facts encoded as RDF-triples per
month, the Linked Data cloud allows users to answer complex queries spanning
multiple sources. Due to the uncoupling of data from its original creation
context, semantic interoperability, identity resolution, and ontologies are
central methodologies to ensure consistency and meaningful results. Space
and time are fundamental ordering relations to structure such data and
provide an implicit context for their interpretation. Prominent geo-related
Linked Data hubs include Geonames.org as well as the Linked Geo Data project
which provides a RDF serialization of Open Street Map. Furthermore, myriad
other Linked Data sources contain location-based references. This special
issue is an open-call follow up to the Linked Spatiotemporal Data 2010
workshop held in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on
Geographic Information Science GIScience 2010. The issue aims at defining
the data, knowledge representations, reasoning methodologies, and additional
tools needed to link locations seamlessly into the Web of Linked Data.
Subsequently, with the advent of Linked Locations in Linked Data, the gap
between the Semantic Web and the Geo Web will begin to narrow.

List of Relevant Topics
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

# Application of Linked Spatiotemporal Data

     * Linked Data and the Sensor Web Enablement
     * Linked Data and mobile applications
     * Linked Data gazetteers and points of interest
     * Linked Data in the domain of cultural heritage research

# Retrieving and Browsing of Linked Spatiotemporal Data

     * Mining Linked Spatiotemporal Data from existing sources
     * Spatiotemporal indexing of Linked Data
     * Harvesting Linked Data from heterogeneous sources
     * Spatial extensions to query languages such as SPARQL (e.g.,
     * Visualizing and browsing through the Linked Spatiotemporal Data cloud

# Integration and Interoperation of Linked Spatiotemporal Data

     * Ontologies and vocabularies to support interoperability
     * Identity assumptions and resolution for data fusion and
     * The role of space and time to structure Linked Data
     * Versioning of spatio-temporal data
     * Semantic annotation and microformats
     * Adding contextual information to Linked Data

# Linked Data and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)

     * Spatiotemporal Aspects of Data Quality, Trust, and Provenance in
Linked Data
     * Tag and Vocabulary recommendations for annotating VGI
     * Maintenance of links

The special issue on Linked Spatiotemporal Data and Geo-Ontologies calls
for original high-quality research on any of the above mentioned topics.
Extended versions of manuscripts published in conferences and workshops
are welcome as long as the previous publications are clearly
acknowledged and the new submission introduces substantial revisions and
updates. Authors are requested to follow the author guidelines, submit
online via mstracker, and include the name of the call within the
submission letter. While there is no official page limit, we request
manuscripts between 14-22 pages in length. All manuscripts will be
reviewed based on the SWJ open and transparent review policy and will be
made available during online the review process.

Important Dates
Manuscript submission due: 18. April 2011
Acceptance notification: 13. June 2011
Camera-ready copies: 30. June 2011
Issue publication: Fall 2011

* Krzysztof Janowicz, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
* Todd Pehle, Orbis Technologies, USA
* Glen Hart, Ordnance Survey, UK
* Patrick Maué, University of Muenster, Germany

Guest Editorial Board
(to be updated)
* Benjamin Adams, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
* Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
* Luis M. Vilches Blázquez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
* Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
* Raúl García Castro, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
* Prateek Jain, Wright State University, USA
* Carsten Keßler, University of Muenster, Germany
* Jens Lehmann, University of Leipzig, Germany
* Joshua Lieberman, Traverse Technologies, USA
* Holger Neuhaus, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
* Matthew Perry, Oracle, USA
* Simon Scheider, University of Muenster, Germany
* ...

Krzysztof Janowicz

GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography, 302 Walker Building
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

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