Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience


Call for papers for a special feature of the Journal of Spatial Information Science

The AGILE 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop “Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience” provided an excellent forum to discuss a range of topics on semantics, ontologies and knowledge-based modelling and to identify future research challenges. The papers presented focused on the extraction, analysis, and formalization of knowledge of spatial entities, their semantic properties and relations, qualitative locations, as well as human interaction in space and time from such diverse sources as crowd-sourced data, standards, LIDAR point clouds, trajectory data, and maps. These diverse sources of geographic information have a strong convergence point: they all contain a wealth of information about space and time that could be enriched with semantics in order to enhance spatial knowledge representation, analysis, and search.

The Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS) will host a special feature in order to extend the discussion beyond the workshop with an open call for submissions from anyone interested in this topic. The special feature aims to advance our understanding and knowledge of how to unveil knowledge about concepts, places, events, activities, and interrelations in space and time hidden in heterogeneous sources of geographic information. The integration of spatial, temporal and semantic information provides the basis to infuse data from diverse sources with meaning and enable the semantic representation of spatial concepts, complex spaces and intricate interactions in space and time. 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.

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

  • Semantics and ontologies of spatiotemporal information
  • Sophisticated spatiotemporal models
  • Spatial, temporal, and semantic analysis and representation of dynamic processes, events, and activities
  • Extraction and analysis of spatiotemporal concepts, events, activities, and interactions in space and time from social media and VGI
  • Integration of space, time, and semantics in relevant areas such as transportation, mobility, epidemics, climate change, disaster response, historical GIS, etc.

Guest Editors

Eric Guilbert, Laval University, Canada
Margarita Kokla, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi, Laval University, Canada

Important dates

  • Call for papers: 1 August 2017
  • Full paper submission: 1 February 2018
  • Reviews due: early April 2018
  • Revisions due: early June 2018
  • Final acceptance: early July 2018

Submission guidelines

Full papers should be submitted online following the manuscript preparation and submission guidelines. When making the submission, select "Special Feature Research Article" as the section and note that it is for the "Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience" feature in the comments box.

Please note that special feature submissions undergo the same peer review process as regular JOSIS submissions and must comply with JOSIS prior publications policy.

JOSIS is non-fee, non-commercial, free to authors and to readers. There are no article processing charges (APC), and all published articles are immediately and freely available to readers according to the Journal’s open access policy.