Third International Conference on Geospatial Semantics (GeoS 2009)


Pascal Hitzler, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB), University of Karlsruhe, Germany and Kno.e.sis Center, College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA

"State of the Art and Vision for the Semantic Web"

In the past 10 years, Semantic Web has first gone from a vision to a hype and then to something pronounced dead. Recently, however, after some necessary sobering up, Semantic Web Technologies and Methods are obtaining sustainable momentum in research and industry. In this presentation, we revisit the original Semantic Web vision, analyse the current state of the art, and propose promising directions for future research.


Andrew U. Frank, Institute for Geoinformation and Cartography, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

"Multicultural Aspects of Spatial Knowledge"

It is trivial to observe differences between cultures: people use different languages, have different modes of building houses and organize their cities differently, to mention only a few. Differences in the culture of different people were and still are one of the main reasons for travel to foreign countries. The question whether cultural differences are relevant for the construction of Geographic Information Systems is longstanding and is of increasing interest since geographic information is widely accessible using the web and users volunteer information to be included in the system. The review of how the question of cultural differences was posed at different times reveals a great deal about the conceptualization of GIS at different times and makes a critical review interesting...