The Vespucci Institutes 2015 - Programme

 

Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Week 1: June 21 to 27, 2015

"Spatial Ontologies for e-Science" 

Week 2: June 29 to July 3, 2015

"Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years"

 

 

Week 1: June 21 to 27, 2015

"Spatial Ontologies for e-Science" 

Facilitators: 

 

Programme:

Location often acts as an integrator in science, bringing together perspectives across multiple disciplines and scales. For example, health scientists increasingly focus on where patients spend their time, pulling a large variety of environmental and social data into their analyses. With big data and e-science, this trend has accelerated and gets increasingly supported through knowledge infrastructures and associated ontologies. Yet, it is often unclear how knowledge about location and other spatial properties should best be captured, and there is only a very limited choice of spatial ontologies. This Vespucci Institute will ask why this is so and why there seems to have been so little progress over the past decade. It will push the frontiers on spatial ontologies for e-science by

  • identifying the gaps between the spatial ontologies that the e-science community needs and what is currently available from the ontology community;
  • addressing key gaps through hands-on ontology design on site;
  • discussing the impact of Linked Open Data on e-science and the role of space in this context;
  • collecting criteria and techniques for evaluating spatial ontologies in e-science;
  • broadening the discussion of ontology quality and ontology applications;
  • learning to separate approaches that work from those that do not;
  • reviewing the work of relevant standards organizations like W3C and OGC;
  • seeking insight on what needs to complement location to meet e-science needs (time?, feature?, event?, process? granularity?).

Participants from all sectors of e-science, ontology engineering, and geospatial as well as other spatial sciences are invited to interact from June 22 to 26, 2015, in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. As always, the Vespucci Institute will challenge the state of the art through lively discussions and hands-on problem solving rather than lengthy presentations.

 

Week 2: June 29 to July 3, 2015

"Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years"

Facilitators:

All Information about this week, including on grants, can be found at http://giscienceconferences.org/vespucci2015week2/