First International Workshop on

Information Semantics and its Implications for Geographic Analysis (ISGA '08)

in Park City, Utah, September 23rd, 2008,
held in conjunction with GIScience 2008, the 5th International Conference on Geographic Information Science

Special Issue

*** NEW ***
Call for papers for the post-workshop special isse:
*** NEW ***

Accepted Papers

Preliminary schedule:Download.

Title Author(s) Download
A Foundational Framework for Structuring Geographical Categories Boyan Brodaric pdf
National Topographic Modeling, Ontology-Driven Geographic Information in the Context of The National Map Dalia E Varanka pdf
Using An Ontology-based Approach for Geospatial Clustering Analysis Xin Wang pdf
Analyzing Behavioral Similarity Measures in Linguistic and Non-linguistic Conceptualization of Spatial Information and the Question of Individual Differences Alexander Klippel, Chris Weaver pdf
A graph-based alignment approach to similarity between climbing routes Marc Wilkes, Krzysztof Janowicz pdf

The accepted papers can be found in the google group ISGA 08.

Workshop Organizers

Ola Ahlqvist, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.
Martin Raubal, University of California Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Angela Schwering, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
Ashton Shortridge, Michigan State University, U.S.A.

Workshop Theme

Ontology and information semantics are central to research on enhanced interoperability between geographic information systems, services, and data sets. It is increasingly understood that deeper insights into information semantics also have consequences for geographic analysis in general. Development of semantic similarity metrics appears to enable access to a much broader array of analytical methods for categorical data than those traditionally employed. Existing examples that demonstrate this potential are fuzzy accuracy assessment, map similarity estimates, and semantic versions of the standard variogram. An explicit recognition of the importance of context in semantic assessments also poses interesting questions for a quantitative approach to categorical data. The influence of context on semantic similarity measurement is a well-known phenomenon that has long been observed in psychological experiments. Although the results of human similarity ratings depend on the context, and this dependency is also reflected in recent similarity theories, the nature of this influence and its actual impact have not been subject to thorough research yet.

This workshop seeks to advance both theoretical and applied perspectives with these two overarching goals:

Under these main categories fall issues such as:

We also seek submissions of benchmark datasets that can be used by the wider community for validation and comparison of the many emerging approaches in this area.

Call for Papers

Anybody with an interest in the questions raised above is invited to submit a position paper as basis for discussions during the workshop. Extended abstracts of 1000 - 1500 words should be sent by email to . Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop web site, unless their authors instruct us otherwise. Authors will be notified whether their position papers have been selected for an additional short-presentation during the workshop.
Authors are invited to submit revised versions of their position papers to a post-workshop review process, leading to a journal special issue on future research directions for semantic similarity research.

Workshop outcomes will form the basis for an open call for submission to a special issue in International Journal of Geographical Information Science on integration of information semantics and spatial analysis

Call for Paper Download

Important Dates

Submission due: 30th May 2008
Acceptance Notification: 16th June 2008
Camera-ready Copies: 08th August 2008 (extended)