Call for Workshop Papers: Towards Digital Earth: Search, Discover and Share Geospatial Data

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  Towards Digital Earth: Search, Discover and Share Geospatial Data

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Workshop at Future Internet Symposium <>, Berlin,
September 20th, 2010

Motivation and Scope
Virtual globes such as Google Earth have become popular for commercial,
social and scientific applications in the past few years. The former US
vice president Al Gore coined the term 'Digital Earth' to envisage a
virtual globe that provides access to spatially referenced information
on the Web [1]. Tools to support the realization of the Digital Earth
vision have been developed at different levels and at different scales,
ranging from geo-browsers over online collaborative mapping tools to
Spatial Data Infrastructures. The recently established notion of Linked
Geodata underpins this vision by connecting distributed data across the

Existing solutions such as the ones mentioned above cover several
aspects of the Digital Earth initiative. Gore's speech, however,
envisioned a 'truly global, collaborative linking of systems' that has
not been realized yet [1]. Geographic information plays an important
role to 'geo-enable' the Internet. In 2008, an international group of
environmental and geographic scientific experts coming from academia,
industry and government collected ideas for the Next Generation Digital
Earth [2]. Recent developments such as Linked Data and the Sensor Web
have further extended the notion of Digital Earth, so that an update on
the state of the art is required. The fast growth of the geospatial
community together with the evolving Web call for a periodical analysis
to check which are the novel concepts and what is still missing.

[1] Gore, A., 1999. The Digital Earth: Understanding our planet in the
21st Century. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing vol 65 (5),
[2] Craglia et al., 2008. Next-Generation Digital Earth – A position
paper from the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic
Information Science. International Journal of Spatial Data
Infrastructures Research, Vol. 3, 146 –167.

Target Audience and Anticipated Outcomes
The workshop aims to bring together a wide spectrum of researchers from
academia, industry and government working on key elements of Next
Generation Digital Earth. It promotes and reinforces the notion of
Digital Earth by analyzing best practices on the wide range of related
fields. The workshop is expected to achieve the following outcomes:
   * Stimulate discussion between participants regarding Digital Earth
     theory framework and technology.
   * Provide an interdisciplinary overview of existing solutions making
     use of Digital Earth that have been developed for specific problems.
   * Document the current state of the art and identify the next steps
     in research towards the Next Generation Digital Earth.

List of Topics
We encourage submissions dealing with the following scientific and
technical issues:
   * Volunteered geographic information
         o Social Web, integration with professional geographic
           information, modeling trust and reputation
   * Linked geodata (LGD)
         o Production and use of LGD, working examples and applications
   * Geospatial Semantic Web
         o Semantic Web technologies for geospatial applications,
           geospatial ontologies
   * Semantic Web Services
         o Service creation, discovery and integration into the Digital
   * Semantic Sensor Web
         o Semantic annotations of sensors and data, sensor and
           observations discovery and retrieval
   * Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI)
         o Metadata, SDI Policies
   * Future Internet tools and Geospatial Data availability
         o Cloud computing, Micro-SDIs
   * Digital Earth Architecture and Standards
         o Role of OGC and ISO standards, standards-based solutions
   * Information Visualization
         o User interfaces, geo-browsing, visualization techniques for
           communicating environmental change
   * Problem oriented applications of Digital Earth: environment,
     health, societal benefit areas, etc.
   * Other relevant topics for the Next Generation Digital Earth

Workshop Format and Structure
'Towards Digital Earth' will be a full day workshop comprising a keynote
talk, paper presentations with panel discussions and a demo session.

Submissions and Proceedings
All submissions should be written in English (maximum 4 pages) and
conform to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines as specified here
<>. They
will be selected on the basis of blind reviews by at least two members
of the Program Committee.

The proceedings will be published online (with ISSN). After the
workshop, there will be a special issue in the International Journal of
Spatial Data Infrastructures Research for extended versions of selected

Submissions should be uploaded as PDF files through the EasyChair
conference system <>

Important Dates
   * Deadline for Submission: 2nd July 2010
   * Notification of acceptance: 23rd July 2010
   * Camera ready submission of paper: 20th August 2010

The keynote speech for the workshop will be given by Dr. Max Craglia. He
is the research coordinator of the SDI Unit at the European Commission's
Joint Research Centre and one of the founders of the Vespucci Initiative
for the advancement of Geographic Information Science.

Detailed information on the program will be made available when the
review process is finished.

Program committee
* Gilberto Câmara, Brazil National Institute for Space Research
* Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute
* Max Craglia, SDI Unit, Joint Research Centre
* Andrew Frank, Vienna University of Technology
* Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
* Michael Gould, ESRI
* Krzysztof Janowicz, Penn State University
* Werner Kuhn, University of Münster
* Steve Liang, University of Calgary
* Femke Reitsma, University of Canterbury
* Kathleen Stewart, University of Maine

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