Terra Cognita 2014
6th International Workshop on the Foundations, Technologies and Applications of the Geospatial Web
In Conjunction with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference
October 19-23, 2014
Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy

Foundations, Technologies and Applications of the Geospatial Web

Programme/Accepted Papers

Time Presentation Authors Affiliation Title PDF/PPT
14:00-14:30 Paper presentation Ghislain Auguste Atemezing,
Nathalie Abadie,
Raphaël Troncy, and
Bénédicte Bucher
EURECOM, SophiaTech Campus, France;
Université Paris-Est, IGN /SRIG, COGIT, Saint-Mandé
Publishing Reference Geodata on the Web: Opportunities and Challenges for IGN France pdfppt
14:30-15:00 Paper presentation Robert Warren and
David Evans
Big Data Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada;
Department of Computing and Mathematics, University of Derby, UK
Translating Maps and Coordinates from the Great War pdfppt
15:00-15:30 Paper presentation Kostis Kyzirakos,
Ioannis Vlachopoulos,
Dimitrianos Savva,
Stefan Manegold, and
Manolis Koubarakis
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
GeoTriples: a Tool for Publishing Geospatial Data as RDF Graphs Using R2RML Mappings pdfppt
15:30-16:00 coffee break
16:00-16:30 Invited demo Michael Feldman,
Shen Gao,
Marc Novel,
Katerina Papaioannou, and
Abraham Bernstein
Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland;
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
SHAX: A Semantic Historical Archive eXplorer pdfppt
16:30-17:00 Invited demo Rolf Grütter and
Lukas Wotruba
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland Retrieving Wikipedia Pages of Topologically Related Administrative Divisions via Linked Data ppt


The wide availability of technologies such as GPS, map services and social networks, has resulted in the proliferation of geospatial data on the Web. Similarly, the amount of geospatial data extracted from the Web and published as Linked Data is increasing. Together with the dissemination of Web-enabled mobile devices these continually growing data have given rise to a number of innovative services and applications. With the location of users being made available widely, new issues such as those pertaining to security and privacy arise. Emergency response, context sensitive user applications, and complex GIS tasks all lend themselves toward solutions that combine both the Geospatial Web and the Semantic Web. The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines, as well as interested parties from industry and government, to advance the frontiers of this emerging research area. Bringing together Semantic Web and geospatial researchers helps encourage the use of semantics in geospatial applications and the use of spatial elements in semantic research and applications. The field continues to gain popularity, resulting in a need for a forum to discuss relevant issues.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Data models and languages for the Geospatial Web
  • Systems and architectures for the Geospatial Web
  • Geographic information retrieval
  • Linked geospatial data
  • Ontologies and rules in the Geospatial Web
  • Uncertainty in the Geospatial Web
  • User interface technologies for the Geospatial Web
  • Geospatial Web and mobile data management
  • Security and privacy issues in the Geospatial Web
  • Geospatial Web applications
  • User-generated geospatial content
  • Open geospatial data
  • Big geospatial data
  • OGC and W3C technologies and standards in the Geospatial Web


We invite two kinds of submissions:

  • Research papers. These should not exceed 12 pages in length.
  • Demos. Deployed technologies are important if the Geospatial Web is to be realized. We therefore strongly encourage the submission of demos, and the presentation of demos related to research papers (a separate demo paper does not need to be submitted in this case, but the research paper should clearly discuss the demo to be presented). Demo papers should not exceed 5 pages in length.

Submissions should be formatted according to the Lecture Notes in Compute Science guidelines for proceedings available at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format using the Easy chair system: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=terra2014.

IMPORTANT: The two best papers of the workshop will be nominated for being published in the Journal of Data Semantics.

At least one author of each accepted paper or demo must register for the workshop. Information about registration can be found on the ISWC 2014 Web page: http://iswc2014.semanticweb.org/registration.

PLEASE NOTE: ISWC does not allow workshop-only registrations. To attend, you will need to register and pay for the workshop plus the conference. Last time, the workshop proceedings were published electronically in the CEUR series. We plan to do the same this year.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: July 16, 2014
Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2014
Camera-ready versions: August 20, 2014

Workshop Chairs

  • Kostis Kyzirakos, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Rolf Gruetter, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
  • Dave Kolas, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Columbia, MD, USA
  • Matthew Perry, Oracle Corp., Nashua, NH, USA

Program Committee

Alia Abdelmoty, Cardiff University, UK
Spiros Athanasiou, IMIS/RC Athena, Greece
Sotiris Batsakis, University of Huddersfield, UK
Jon Blower, University of Reading, UK
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA
Mike Dean, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Curdin Derungs, University of Zürich, Switzerland
John Goodwin, Ordnance Survey, UK
Glen Hart, Ordnance Survey, UK
Andreas Harth, AIFB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Stefan Manegold, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, University of Leipzig, Germany
Alexandros Ntoulas, Microsoft Research, Mountain View, CA, USA
Özgür Lütfü Özcep, Institute for Softwaresystems, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Dieter Pfoser, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Clemens Portele, interactive instruments, Bonn, Germany
Ross Purves, University of Zürich-Irchel, Switzerland
Thorsten Reitz, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, Darmstadt, Germany
Thomas Scharrenbach, Universtiy of Zurich, Switzerland
Timos Sellis, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Spiros Skiadopoulos, University of Peloponnese, Tripoli, Greece
Kerry Taylor, CSIRO & Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Raphael Troncy, EURECOM: School of Engineering & Research Center, Biot, France
Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
Stefan Woelfl, Department of Computer Science, University of Freiburg, Germany

Workshop Series

This is the 6th Terra Cognita workshop. The previous ones were:


This workshop is organized by members of the Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) and European project LEO: Linked Open Earth Observation Data for Precision Farming.

SOCoP is a geospatial semantics interest group mainly with members from U.S. federal agencies, academia, and business. SOCoP's goal is to foster collaboration among users, technologists, and researchers of spatial knowledge representation and reasoning towards the development of a set of core, common geospatial ontologies for use by all in the Semantic Web.

LEO is a recent European project that studies techniques and software for the whole life cycle of reuse of linked open geospatial data (with a particular emphasis on open Earth Observation data), and develops a precision farming application that is heavily based on such data.