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Workshop held in conjunction with GI_Forum 2014 (

July 01, 2014, Salzburg, Austria

Call for participation

Data intense spatial applications can be supported using a variety of open data sources available on the Internet. Due to the fact that open data of various providers are available for any intended usage, and the combinations thereof are unlimited, developing intelligent solutions using semantics is inevitable. The intelligent linking of open data sources makes the cross cutting (aggregation, integration) analysis of data sources possible and helps to develop new insights.

The aggregation or integration of different open data sources requires commonalities shared by at least two datasets. In order to establish accurate links between datasets the inherent semantics of the data used is of central importance. Especially when working with spatial phenomena, the linkage of different open datasets based on the location helps to get gather additional insights. In addition, other non-spatial datasets may be “georeferenced” with respect to their implicit location information. Even if 80% of all data is spatial, an enormous effort is required to work with this data. Linked open data approaches offer concepts and practices to help streamline development work and produce efficient processes with robust results. 

Hence, the workshop aims to facilitate new ideas and highlight best practice work using linked open data to aggregate and integrate spatial data and non-spatial data regardless of the explicit or implicit expression of semantics. Of importance in this respect are considerations of ways to identify entities/places in different datasets that utilize different universes of discourse or viewpoints. Thus, connections between Information Integration and Semantic Web Technology are key elements of the workshop.

The workshop is open to all and will take place in conjuction with GI_Forum 2014 ( on July 1, 2014, in Salzburg, Austria. We are soliciting presentations (short, long, or poster formats) for the workshop now. The deadline is 22 April 2014 (EXTENDED!).

You can download the updated Call for Papers as PDF here.

Workshop Objectives and Topics

The objectives of this LOD workshop are to bring scientists and practitioners together and to share current work, new ideas, and discuss best practices in the field of (spatial) Linked Open Data, especially work related to information integration. Besides the core subject of LOD, presentations on topics connected to Linked Data like Semantic Web Technology or Information Integration are of vital interest for this workshop. Emphasis will be given to short (5 minutes) and long (20 minutes) oral presentations and interactive workshop discussions format in a lively format orientated to learning and networking. Space will also be provided for posters including time for informal presentations. Participants can expect a vibrant exchange of ideas and creation of opportunities for future collaborations.


Topics for the Workshop include, but are not limited to


Contribution and Participation

The organizerst of the workshop invite you to submit contributions to the workshop, offering the following formats:

The contributions will be reviewed by the scientific committee and the organizing committee and selected according to the review. The workshop is fully integrated in the GI_Forum 2014 conference. Thus, there is no separate workshop registration fee besides the regular registration fee for GI_Forum 2014. Everyone is cordially invited to attend the workshop at GI_Forum 2014!


Agenda for the Workshop

The programme for the workshop can be found here. If you have any suggestions - feel free to drop us (Francis Harvey or Johannes Scholz) a line!


Important Dates

What? Date
Submission of Abstracts for Oral Presentation 22-04-2014
Submission of Abstracts for Poster Presentation 22-04-2014
Notification of acceptance 12-05-2014
Workshop 01-07-2014


Scientific and Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee Organizing Committee
Adam Iwaniak (Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences) Francis Harvey (University of Minnesota)
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California Santa Barbara) Johannes Scholz (Research Studio iSPACE)
Simon Scheider (University of Münster)  
Dalia Varanka (U.S. Geological Survey)  
Nancy Wiegand (University of Wisconsin - Madison)  

Further Information

For further information please visit the workshop webpage ( or contact the organizers directly: