Appel: GIR'14

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Sun Jul 20 20:36:42 UTC 2014

Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:22:25 +0200
From: mgaio <mauro.gaio at>
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Apologies for cross postings

8th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval GIR'14

Second Call for Papers



This is the second call for papers for the 8th Workshop on Geographic
Information Retrieval (GIR'14), to be held on 4th November 2014 in
conjunction with the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014 conference in Dallas,
Texas. The workshop continues the successful series of workshops held
previously in cooperation with ACM SIGSPATIAL and in conjunction with
SIGIR and CIKM conferences.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together members of the vibrant
and growing community of researchers and practitioners working in the
field of geographic information retrieval to discuss current research
activity and potential future research directions.

The subject and format of the workshop

There is a vast quantity of information in text documents and other
media that is referenced to geographic space. The discipline of
Geographical Information Retrieval (GIR) is concerned with developing
methods to gain access to this geographical information, with a
particular focus on the content of web documents and social
media. Because much of the information is in the form of unstructured or
semi-structured text, there is a challenge to develop methods that can
automatically recognise and interpret the geographical terminology and
spatial or spatio-temporal concepts that people use when recording and
querying the information. GIR falls at the intersection of Information
Retrieval (IR) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience)
resulting in research and systems development that benefits from the
fusion of text-based methods for information extraction, natural
language processing, indexing and search with GIS methods for spatial
data management, analysis and visualization.

The workshop invites contributions on the following topics, and other
research related to GIR:

- Detection, disambiguation and geocoding of geographical references in

- User needs for geographic search;

- Classification of web documents and social media with regard to their
  geographic foci;

- Interpretation of spatial natural language in documents and queries;

- Extraction of geographically-specific facts and events from text
  documents and social media;

- Spatial and spatio-temporal indexing of documents and other media

- Modelling, construction and integration of ontologies, gazetteers and
  geographic thesauri;

- Reasoning with geo-spatial facts for purposes of information

- Geographical query interfaces for search on the web;

- Geographic question / answering systems;

- Geographic search engine architectures;

- Relevance ranking of geographical information;

- Evaluation methods for geographic search.

We invite both long papers (8 pages) and short papers (2 pages). Long
papers are expected to report on relatively mature research results,
while short papers may also cover more speculative or early stage
research that may stimulate discussion at the workshop.

All submissions will be reviewed by three members of the programme
committee and all accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital

Please note that we welcome contributions both from academic researchers
and from practitioners working in industry and in public agencies
engaged in GIR-related activities.

The workshop programme will ensure opportunity for discussion of the
presented papers and of the broader agenda for research in GIR.

Submission procedure
You should prepare your paper in accordance with the ACM camera-ready
( and submit
it using the EasyChair system
( by 29th August
2014. Decisions on acceptance will be announced by 15th September 2014.

Camera ready versions of accepted papers to be submitted by 29th
September 2014.

At least one author of accepted papers will be required to register for
the workshop before the paper is published in the ACM Digital Library,
and to present the paper at the workshop.

Please note that attendance at the workshop also requires registration
for the main ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference
( in addition to registering for
the workshop.

Further details of the workshop can be found at

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