Special Issue "Semantic Geographic Information System (Semantic GIS)"
A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)
The progressive consolidation of Information Technologies on a large scale has been facilitating and progressively increasing the production, collection, and diffusion of geographic data, as well as facilitating the integration of a large amount of information into Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Traditional GIS is emerging as a consolidated information infrastructure. This consolidated infrastructure is affecting more and more aspects of Internet Computing and Services. Most popular systems (such as Social Networks, GPS, and Decision Support Systems) involve complex GIS and important amounts of information.
The scale and the complexity of the information on the Internet has led researchers to design the next version of the network (known as the Semantic Web) according to a challenging model: the model assumes that published data will be integrated with its “meaning” (i.e., semantic description). Such integration would potentially allow for the processing of contextual information by machines in a context of interoperability and unambiguity. Semantic processes on the Internet are not limited to data, but can also involve web services. Indeed, Semantic Web Services extend the common web service concept by using semantic descriptors (e.g., those regarding modeling, service behavior, and capacity) to perform dynamic tasks, which involve the discovery, matchmaking, and execution of services that are supplied by different providers scattered throughout the global network.
As a web service, GIS is affected by exactly the same problems that affect the web as a whole. Reasonably, next generation GIS solutions have to address further methodological and data engineering challenges in order to accommodate new applications’ extended requirements (in terms of scale, interoperability, and complexity).
The conceptual and semantic modeling of GIS, as well as the integration of semantics into current GIS, may provide highly capable environments (i.e., Semantic GIS) that capable of capturing the needs and requirements of a wide domain of applications.
Dr. Salvatore Flavio Pileggi
Prof. Dr. Robert Amor
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- semantic technologies
- semantic Web
- Geographic information System (GIS)
- conceptual and semantic modeling of GIS
- ontology for GIS
- geographic space modeling
- novel applications on GIS
- GIS and social media integration
- spatial data infrastructure (SDI)