Appel: GIRT

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sun Mar 4 17:16:53 UTC 2012

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:22:25 +0100
From: Mauro Gaio <mauro.gaio at>
Message-Id: <C70CE9B7-574F-4F4A-9809-AF3EB121C015 at>

We are pleased to announce the Geographic Information Retrieval Tutorial
to be held at the AGILE conference, April 24th in Avignon (France).

Geographic Information Retrieval addresses the management of geographic
information locked in unstructured textual documents (current and
historic newspapers, social media and, increasingly, official
documents). The growing amount of unstructured data will increase with
open data initiatives, making this field even more important to our

Furthermore, the wider availability of structured and partially
structured data (INSPIRE, Semantic Web, etc.) suggests a further set of
opportunities and challenges for GIR since these data are useful for the
GIR process.

The tutorial will be an opportunity for junior and senior academics
interested in the field of Geographic Information Retrieval to
participate in tutorials addressing key themes in the field, hear talks
addressing the state of the art, present their own work and participate
in a discussion on upcoming challenges in the field.

The proposed three main sessions will focus on theoretical background to
and practical worked examples on:
* Toponym grounding and footprint definition, facilitated by Jochen
  Leidner (Thomson-Reuters)
* Spatial and temporal indices and their influence on document ranking,
  facilitated by Chris Jones (Cardiff University)
* Evaluation strategies in GIR and their strengths and weaknesses,
  facilitated by Ross Purves (University of Zurich)

We also invite participants to submit 2 page abstracts describing work
in progress relevant to one of the three sessions. Abstracts should
describe the work and problems encountered therein.  We are particularly
interested in a discussion of challenges, and thus discourage submission
of finished work. Abstracts will be distributed to workshop participants
at the workshop, with time for a short presentation of the work and
discussion of key challenges for GIR. Please use ACM styles in preparing
your abstract

The abstracts should be sent to ross (dot) purves (at) geo (dot) uzh
(dot) ch

Note however that the key aim of the tutorial is to discuss basic
concepts, and abstract submission is neither required nor expected from
participants. Besides, participants are encouraged to bring their laptop
to take part to some hands on exercises during the tutorial.
Important dates:
- March 23rd: deadline for short paper submission
- April 2nd: notification of acceptance
- April 24th: tutorial

Organising committee: Ross Purves, Mauro Gaio, Bénédicte Bucher, Jochen
Leidner, Chris Jones, Damien Palacio.More information :

We hope to see you soon in Avignon.

Ross Purves, Mauro Gaio, Bénédicte Bucher

The registration is now open on the AGILE 2012 conference web site :

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