[ESIP-all] Vespucci Institute (week 1) - call for participation

Fox, Peter pfox at cs.rpi.edu
Wed Apr 15 12:09:16 EDT 2015

Call for Participation - space is still available - please forward as appropriate

The Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science and IAOA is announcing the
2015 Summer Institute:

Spatial Ontologies for e-Science
June 21-27, 2015
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Location often acts as an integrator in science, bringing together perspectives across multiple disciplines and scales. For example, health scientists increasingly focus on where patients spend their time, pulling a large variety of environmental and social data into their analyses. With big data and e-science, this trend has accelerated and gets increasingly supported through knowledge infrastructures and associated ontologies. Yet, it is often unclear how knowledge about location and other spatial properties should best be captured, and there is only a very limited choice of spatial ontologies. This Vespucci Institute will ask why this is so and why there seems to have been so little progress over the past decade. It will push the frontiers on spatial ontologies for e-science by

*    identifying the gaps between the spatial ontologies that the e-science community needs and what is currently available from the ontology community;
*    addressing key gaps through hands-on ontology design on site;
*    discussing the impact of Linked Open Data on e-science and the role of space in this context;
*    collecting criteria and techniques for evaluating spatial ontologies in e-science;
*    broadening the discussion of ontology quality and ontology applications;
*    learning to separate approaches that work from those that do not;
*    reviewing the work of relevant standards organizations like W3C and OGC;
*    seeking insight on what needs to complement location to meet e-science needs (time?, feature?, event?, process? granularity?).

Peter Fox (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto)
Werner Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Participants from all sectors of e-science, ontology engineering, and geospatial as well as other spatial sciences are invited to interact from June 22 to 26, 2015, in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. As always, the Vespucci Institute will challenge the state of the art through lively discussions and hands-on problem solving rather than lengthy presentations.

Travel and attendance grants are available
Deadline for applications: 15 April 2015
More information, programme and registration on http://www.vespucci.org

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