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Workshop held in conjunction with GI_Forum 2015 (

July 07, 2015, Salzburg, Austria


IMPORTANT UPDATE :: Workshop Cancelled (June 25, 2015)


Due to a low number of submissions and due to personal reasons, we have finally decided to cancel the workshop. We are very sorry for the inconvenience!

Thanks for your interest,

Francis and Johannes



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 more finely granular open data sources from various providers become available for all possible uses, and the combinations therefore are unlimited, developing intelligent solutions using semantics is an important activity for scientists and practitioners. Guiding the linking of data sources makes cross cutting (aggregation, integration) and novel analysis of data sources possible and makes it possible to develop new insights.

The aggregation or integration of different data sources involves geospatial or attribute commonalities shared by at least two datasets. In order to establish accurate links between datasets the semantics of the data sets is of great importance. When working with spatial phenomena, the linkage of different datasets based on location helps to make additional links. 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. 

For these reasons, this 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. Connections between Information Integration and Semantic Web Technology are key elements of the workshop. Of importance in this respect are considerations of ways to identify entities/places in different datasets that utilize different universes of discourse or viewpoints.


The workshop is open to all and will take place in conjunction with GI_Forum 2015 ( on July 07, 2015, in Salzburg, Austria. We are soliciting presentations (short, long, or poster formats) for the workshop now. The deadline is 15 May 2015 01 June 2015.

You can download the Call for Papers as PDF here.

Workshop Objectives and Topics

The objectives of the L(O)D workshop are to bring scientists and practitioners together and to share developments, ideas and best practice models involving Linked (Open) Data – especially work related to geospatial 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 in 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 during the workshop. 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:

Please submit your abstract using the Easychair system, which is available here:

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 2015 conference. Thus, there is no separate workshop registration fee besides the regular registration fee for GI_Forum 2015. Everyone is cordially invited to attend the workshop at GI_Forum 2015!


Agenda for the Workshop

The programme for the workshop will 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 15-05-2015 01-06-2015
Submission of Abstracts for Poster Presentation 15-05-2015 01-06-2015
Notification of acceptance 15-06-2015
Workshop 07-07-2015


Scientific and Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee Organizing Committee
Andreas Blumauer (Semantic Web Company) Francis Harvey (Leibnitz Institute for Regional Geography/University of Leipzig)
Johann Höchtl (Danube University Krems) Johannes Scholz (Graz University of Technology, Institute of Geodesy, Research Group Geoinformation)
Adam Iwaniak (Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences)  
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California Santa Barbara)  
Simon Scheider (ETH Zürich)  
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: