Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience


Pre-conference workshop of the

20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2017

9 May 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Call for papers

The increased availability of geographic data (often in massive volumes) together with the advances in spatiotemporal data management, integration, analysis, and visualization present an emerging need and opportunity: how to transform these massive volumes of geographic data into meaningful information about places, events, activities, and interrelations. The integration of space, time, and semantics provides the basis to infuse data with meaning and deepen our knowledge of complex natural and social systems and intricate interactions in space and time. This key research issue is also relevant to other cutting edge research themes such as Volunteered Geographic Information, Geospatial Semantic Web, semantic sensor networks, big data, linked data, etc. Context and granularity (spatial, temporal, and semantic) constitute additional dimensions of geographic data that are not fully explored and may provide valuable insights into this issue.

Topics of interest:

The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Geospatial semantics
  • Ontologies of space, time, processes, and events
  • Cognitive aspects of spatiotemporal concepts
  • Semantic information extraction
  • Sophisticated spatiotemporal models
  • Spatial, temporal, and semantic representation of dynamic processes, events, and activities
  • Semantics of Geospatial Information from historical maps
  • Visualization of space, time, and semantics
  • Multidimensional spatial data models for VGI
  • Real-time spatiotemporal data integration, modelling, analysis, and visualization (real-time space-time integration)
  • State-of-the-art applications in relevant areas such as historical GIS, climate change, transportation, mobility, epidemics, disaster response, etc.


Participants are invited to submit a short paper (2000 to 3000 words) in the AGILE 2017 Conference short paper format. Short paper submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation during the workshop.

Please make your submission anonymous and submit it as a PDF document via EasyChair

The Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS) will host a special issue of papers coming out of the Workshop. An open call for full papers will be issued after the Workshop. Please note that special feature submissions undergo exactly the same peer review process as regular JOSIS submissions and must comply with JOSIS prior publications policy. Further details will be provided at the workshop.

Workshop program

13:30-15:00: Session 1


Shihong Du. Natural-language based qualitative locations: bridging geometry, relation and scale

Marinos Kavouras, Margarita Kokla and Eleni Tomai. Semantic enrichment of user-generated educational scenarios with spatial concepts and entities

Xufeng Xing and Mir-Abolfazl Mostafavi. Knowledge-based Automatic Feature Recognition from Point Clouds in Urban Area

Meihan Jin and Christophe Claramunt. Discovering Human Travel Behaviour in Urban Region


15:00 – 15:30 afternoon break


15:30-17:00 Session 2

Abdullah Kara, Volkan Çağdaş, Ümit Işıkdağ and Bulent Onur Turan. Towards Development of Ontologies of International Property Measurement Standards

Marinos Kavouras, Maria Beserianou, Nancy Darra, Margarita Kokla, Eleni Tomai. The semantics of spatial thinking for students with visual impairment

Christos Chalkias, Christoforos Vradis and Margarita Kokla. Managing geospatial information and ontologies of historical maps: Empirical evidences from the analysis of Kitchener’s survey of Cyprus



The Workshop is co-organised by AGILE and ISPRS Working Groups IV/1 Multi-dimensional modelling and IV/2: Ontologies, Semantics, and Knowledge Representation for Geospatial Information

Supporting Institutions



Important dates

28 February, 2017
12 March, 2017:
Short paper submission

20 March, 2017
24 March, 2017:
Notification of acceptance

27 March, 2017:
Early registration (via the AGILE 2017 Conference website)

9 May, 2017:
AGILE Workshop “Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience”

Program Committee

Ken Arroyo Ohori
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Jan Blachowski
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland

Pawel Boguslawski
University of the West of England, United Kingdom

Christos Chalkias
Harokopio University, Greece

Eric Guilbert
Laval University, Canada

Umit Isikdag
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey

Marinos Kavouras
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Margarita Kokla
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Thomas Kolbe
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Hugo Ledoux
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi
Laval University, Canada

Francesca Noardo
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Antonia Spanò
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Stephan Winter
The University of Melbourne, Australia