Appel: Geographic Space, Semantic Enrichment for Spatial Data

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Jun 30 10:03:58 UTC 2010

Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:00:57 +0200
From: IGI PodobnikarCeh <podobnikarceh at>
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Dear Sirs,

As editors we inviteare kindliy inviting you to contribute for the
call of chapters presented below. Additionally, if you see any other
valuable contributor, it would be also appreciated.

Kind regards, Marjan Čeh and Tomaž Podobnikar, editors.


*Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010*

*Universal Ontology of Geographic Space: Semantic Enrichment for
Spatial Data*

A book edited by Tomaž Podobnikar and Marjan Čeh

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


The universal ontology of geographic space as a semantic reference
system is a severe scientific challenge that opens several
questions. This book is intended to answer some these, like "is it
reasonable to design universal ontology of geographic space and expect
to be applied?" Or "how to implement such ontology to professional and
general society through distributed information systems?" However, we
assume that any spatial data that are semantically weak could be
enriched to gain more efficient interoperability.  The universal
ontology of geographic space as enrichment engine of spatial data
semantics is conceived as basically interdisciplinary. There exist
various topics in the literature on the semantics of spatial
symbologysm and different problems on developing spatial ontologies of
geographic space, but correlation in databases between realities of
space, concepts in human mind, and meaning of symbols/words is
virtually hidden. For example, data management and analyses are often
limited to the concepts of hardware, software and standards. The book
is going to integrate a complexity of spatial dimension in geographic
space with the philosophical interest to ontology, and furthermore the
universal ontology of geographic space.

*Objective of the Book*

This book will escalate the current scope of research in support of
development of semantically interoperable systems of geographic space
and to increase automated understandability of data, interoperability
of systems, application of interdisciplinary knowledge, and
enlargement of the user’s friendly environments. It can uncover the
curtain of computing-driven dominance over the topics of semantics in
“geo-” domain, which is widespread over the pillars of philosophy,
logic and linguistics as the intrinsic disciplines of understanding
spatial issues. We challenge potential authors to reveal the
development stage of the universal solution to geospatial semantics
domain which would serve as a direct means for semantic enrichment for
spatial data.

*Target Audience*

The potential audience of this book will be from the “spatially”
non-specific disciplines and fields: philosophy, theoretical
linguistics, cognitive disciplines, informatics, robotics,
etc. Nevertheless, the most typical audience is from the fields of
spatial sciences, namely geoinformatics. In addition, the proposed
book will aid to the prospective audience, e.g. to university
lecturers and professors, students, researchers, developers of the
spatial applications (geomatics): GIS or navigation systems, and to
governmental purposes, planning agencies, environmental management,
standardization, and harmonization purposes, etc.  Additionally the
developers of the spatial semantic applications will gain important

*Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:*

Universal ontology of geographic space and ...

·  ...Philosophy/Abstraction

· ...Psychology of human sensing

· ...Languages

· ...Categorization of knowledge

· ...Time

Implementation of spatial concepts to electronic means and ...

· ...Human–computer interaction (HCI) upgraded for spatial semantic

· ...Automated generalization

· ...Integration of spatial concepts in natural languages

· ...Semantic data tagging, Intelligent agents, and Search engines,
  Knowledge representation languages and reasoning

· ...Ontology charts and browsers

· ...GIS as spatial cognitive system

· ...Ontology authoring and copyrights

· ...Data acquisition, Integration, and Interoperability based on
  universal ontology of geographic space

· ...Information standards as ontology of GIS technology

· ...Standardized universal ontology of geographic space

· ...Benchmarking spatial semantic interfaces

· ...Universal ontology of geographic space in urban 3D applications

Semantic enrichment of abstract symbols of geographic space and ...

· ...Semantic reference system

· ...Measures of semantic congruity

· ...Semantic integration

· ...Conceptual generalization

· ...Semantic interoperability of spatial data

· ...Enhanced understanding of data from enriched ontology

*Submission Procedure*

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July
15, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission
and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted
proposals will be notified by August 16, 2010 about the status of
their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are
expected to be submitted by October 15, 2010. All submitted chapters
will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also
be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea
Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference”
(formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science
Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science
Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the
publisher, please visit This book is anticipated
to be released in 2011.

*Important Dates*

*July 15, 2010:           *Proposal Submission Deadline

*August 16, 2010:         *Notification of Acceptance

*October 15, 2010:        *Full Chapter Submission

*December 31, 2010:       *Review Results Returned

*January 31, 2011:        *Final Chapter Submission

*April 15, 2011:          *Final Deadline

* *

*Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word
document) or by mail to:*

*Dr. Tomaž Podobnikar, Dr. Marjan Čeh*

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Jamova 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Tel.: +386 1 4706 493 • Fax: +386 1 4250 704

E-mail: PodobnikarCeh at, Web:

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