Final CfP: Onespace 2009 in Berlin - 2nd International Workshop on Blending Physical and Digital Spaces on the Internet @ FIS2009


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2nd International Workshop on Blending Physical and Digital Spaces on 
the Internet (OneSpace2009)

In conjunction with the Future Internet Symposium 2009 (FIS2009)

September 1, 2009, Berlin (Germany)

++ Deadline for submission: Aug 07, 2009 ++
++ Full papers and position papers invited ++


The Second International Workshop on Blending Physical and Digital 
Spaces on the Internet (OneSpace2009) will be held in conjunction with 
the Future Internet Symposium 2009 (FIS2009) in Berlin on 1 September 2009.

We welcome technical papers and shorter position papers addressing the 
identification and study of the complex relationship of the Internet 
with space, place, geography and distance, whether physical or virtual. 
Technologies as well as novel ideas, experiments, and insights 
originating from interdisciplinary viewpoints, including Internet, 
computer and GI sciences, humanities, digital media, and social sciences 
are welcome.

Important dates
* Submission deadline:       Aug 07, 2009
* Acceptance Notification:    Aug 17, 2009
* Camera-ready paper:         Aug 24, 2009
* Workshop date:         Sep 01, 2009


OneSpace proposes to contribute to the cross-domain exploration of how 
Internet technologies and spatial notions co-exist and evolve.

One of the most important effects of the Internet and of the Web has 
been to relax spatial and temporal constraints on human activities – the 
so called "space-time collapse" – allowing fast global access to 
information as well as to physical resources and services. Recently this 
movement accelerated, due to the success of mobile devices such as the 
iPhone allowing almost ubiquitous mobile access to the Internet, to the 
generalisation of digital social interaction through platforms such as 
Facebook and Twitter, to the virtual environments provided on gaming 
platforms enabled by the Internet, instant communication supported by 
popular VOIP providers such as Skype, and an emerging web of things. 
Many now spend as much time involved in digital spaces over the Internet 
than in "real" ones, and continuously update the digital with elements 
of their physical life in "lifestreaming" process. Moreover reality 
itself is augmented by information collected from the Internet, through 
the increasing availability of GPS devices that ease location based 
search, or through "magic-lense" based applications that add information 
to recognized physical elements, or reconstruct them in digital space 
from various media collected on the Web.

While allowing users to experience a profound modification of their 
interaction space, the Internet has familiarised us with new topologies 
– alongside the prominent hyperlinked topology exhibited by the Web, 
Deleuze and Guattaris's "rhizome", which has become the model of many 
new forms of organization – leading to the creation of new virtual 
spaces and communities. Indeed, P2P networks of devices create 
semi-private sharing environments; (micro-) blogging and lifestreaming 
induces new notions of spatiotemporal as well as social proximity, while 
sensor and controller networks enable ubiquitous access, sensing and 
interaction with the real world. Furthermore, Virtual globes and GIS 
technologies continue to improve and to blur the boundaries between 
spatial representation and perception by providing mashup opportunities, 
photorealistic visual navigation, and three-dimensional representations.

Many agree with what came to be known as Waldo Tobler’s first law of 
Geography: "Everything is related to everything else, but near things 
are more related than distant things." The Internet, by establishing new 
connections between geographically distant entities cannot but provide 
us with a radically new image of Space and Time that this workshop is 
aiming to explore in an interdisciplinary way. OneSpace proposes to take 
the measure of the aforementioned developments and their repercussion as 
well as to identify trends and directions for a new future blended Internet.

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Representation of physical/virtual spaces and topologies

* Spatiotemporal knowledge representation (ontologies and reasoning)

* The 3D and 4D Web

* Location-based services

* The Web of sensors

* New-generation Web mapping frameworks and applications

* Mobility and ubiquity

* Application of Linked Data for physical and digital spaces

* Digital Sense of Place and Presence

* Visibility and privacy in the Internet of people and things

The following types of contributions are welcomed:

* Position papers, 4 pages max.
* Technical papers, 4-10 pages.

Workshop Organizers

* Vlad Tanasescu - The University of Edinburgh, UK

* Pierre Grenon – The Open University, UK

* Arno Scharl - MODUL University Vienna, Austria

* Erik Wilde - UC Berkeley, California, USA

Program Committee

* Boris Beaude -  EPFL, Switzerland

* Susanne Boll -  University of Oldenburg, Germany

* Catherine Dolbear - Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK

* Stefan Dietze - The Open University, UK

* Hans W. Guesgen - Massey University, New Zealand

* Puneet Kishor - University of Wisconsin, USA

* Simon McCallum -  Hedmark University College, Norway

* Femke Reitsma - University of Canterbury, NZ

* Vinny Reynolds -  National University of Ireland

* Dumitru Roman - STI Innsbruck, Austria

* Marc Wick -, Switzerland

* Mike Worboys - University of Maine, USA

Further information
The latest information about the workshop can be found at:

For further information, please send an email to

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Received on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 09:55:35 UTC