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Second International Workshop on

Semantic-based Geographical Information Systems (SeBGIS'06)

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2006
Montpellier, France

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'06)

Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag

Call for Contributions


The recent years brought many developments that radically changed how we understand information processing. Data warehouses and OLAP systems are nowadays a fundamental component of decision-support systems. By extracting semantics from the raw data contained in a data warehouse, organizations are able to optimize their business processes. Further, the success of Internet has generated a paradigm shift in distributed computing leading to the area of Semantic Web, in which semantics is the fundamental component for achieving communication both for humans and applications. In addition, mobile and wireless computing have entered everyoneŐs life through dedicated devices leading to location-based services. Finally, Grid computing pushes the frontier of global interoperability by enabling applications to integrate computational and information resources managed by diverse organizations in widespread locations.

The fact that all these developments have entered the spatial domain increases the importance of the elicitation of the semantics of geographical information. New applications ask for enriching the semantics associated to geographical information in order to support a wide variety of tasks including data integration, interoperability, knowledge reuse, knowledge acquisition, knowledge management, spatial reasoning and many others. Examples of such semantic issues are temporal and spatio-temporal data management, 3D manipulation, spatial granularity and multiple resolutions, multiple representations (providing different perspectives of the same information), vague and ambiguous geographic concepts, the relationship between geographic and physical concepts, and identity of geographic objects through time.


The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners for discussing views on how to integrate semantics into current geographic information systems, and how this will benefit the end users. The workshop will be organized in a way to highly stimulate interaction amongst the participants. To this aim, an important part of each regular time slot will be reserved for a discussion.


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

  • Definition, extraction, elicitation, and capture of spatial semantics
  • Multi-resolution and multi-representation in GISs
  • 3D GIS
  • Temporal and Spatio-Temporal GIS
  • Interoperability and Standards for GIS
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Semi-structured Geographic Data Modeling and Reasoning
  • Distributed GIS
  • Conceptual Modeling for GIS
  • Semantic Web and GIS
  • Spatial, Temporal, and Spatio-Temporal Ontologies
  • Mobile and Location-based GIS
  • Spatial Data Warehouses, Spatial Data Mining, Spatial Decision Making
  • Grid computing for GIS


All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All submissions must be in English. Submissions should be in PDF format and must not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready format. AuthorsŐ instructions can be found at the address:

The paper submission site is located at:

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.


The workshop in Montpellier, France, will be held in conjunction with the OTM conference in October/November 2006. The working language will be English.


  Abstract Submission Deadline   June 15, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Paper Submission Deadline June 30, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Acceptance Notification August 15, 2008
Camera Ready Due August 25, 2008
Registration Due August 25, 2008
OTM Conferences November 9 - 14, 2008


  • Esteban Zimanyi
    Department of Computer Network Engineering,
    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Program Committee Members

  • Gennady Adrienko, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
  • Yvan Bédard, Université de Laval, Canada
  • David Bennett, University of Iowa, USA
  • Michela Bertolotto, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Roland Billen, Université de Liège, Belgi
  • Alex Borgida, Rutgers University, USA
  • Bénédicte Buch, Institut Géographique National, Franc
  • Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute, France
  • Eliseo Clementini, University of L'Aquila, Italy
  • Nadine Cullot, Université de Bourgogne, France
  • Fernando Ferri, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Popolazione e le Politiche Sociali, Italy
  • Anders Friis-Christensen, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK
  • Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Werner Kuhn, University of Münster, Germany
  • Robert Laurini, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France
  • Sergei Levashkin, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  • Thérèse Libourel, Université de Montpellier II, France
  • Peter van Oosterom, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Dimitris Papadias, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Maurizio Rafanelli, Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica, Italy
  • Simonas Saltenis, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Emmanuel Stefanakis, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
  • Nectaria Tryfona, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece
  • Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia