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" 

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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"

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This Institute program is being designed for maximum interaction through participatory research challenge discussions, presentations, projects, panels and cooperative or competitive research-focused activities. It will also engage participants in informal settings and outdoor opportunities to encourage extended discourse among the participants.

 

The topics of sessions and the formats of those sessions will not be finalized until all papers and extended abstracts have been received. These documents as well as further readings selected by the organizing committee will serve as the core preparation documents for the institute.

 

Depending on the mix of submissions, some senior scholars may be issued requests for short presentations while others may be asked to participate in a panel, lead a discussion, participate in a lightning round or participate in some other manner. The goal is to keep all participants fully engaged to the greatest extent possible through interactive sessions and discussions.

 

At least one or two afternoons during the five-day conference will be fully committed to informal activities within Acadia to ensure that early career and senior scholars have full opportunity to engage with each other while enjoying the natural environment. This is a serious academic conference yet we also plan to have lots of fun.

 

Early in the week, early career scholars will self select multi-disciplinary teams and have assigned appropriate senior scholar consultants in order to compete against each other in preparing proposals in response to a mock call for research proposals as was done at the previous institutes. A senior team will read the proposals, hear the oral presentations on Friday, select the winners and present awards.