Special Issue "Geographic Information Extraction and Retrieval"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Associate Prof. Christian Sallaberry
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Guest Editor
LIUPPA lab., University of Pau and Pays Adour, 64000 Pau, France
Interests: geographic information sciences; extraction of spatial, temporal, and thematic properties; named entity resolution; handling context and semantics
Prof. Bruno Martins
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Guest Editor
Instituto Superior Técnico and INESC-ID, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: geographic text analysis; geographic information sciences; applied data science and machine learning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing amounts of unstructured data, in the form of text or multimedia contents, are being made available for indexing, retrieval, and analysis. These include various kinds of documents, such as news articles, scientific publications, or even informal messages on social-media platforms like Twitter. Most of these data also contain geospatial references, associating topics, things, or events to locations. However, the effective analysis and use of these data involves many important technical and methodological challenges.

Handling symbolic spatial, temporal, and topical references (e.g., associations to place names through natural language qualifiers such as “near”) involves a fusion of information retrieval and content analysis methods. The analysis of unstructured contents is generally supported by multimedia processing and natural language processing methods. On the other hand, methods from the toolset of geographical information systems can analyze numeric representations of spatial and/or temporal information (e.g., georeferenced coordinates). In recent years, the combination of the aforementioned areas/techniques has already resulted in several advancements related to the analysis of geospatial references in unstructured contents. However, several challenges and opportunities for improvement still persist, particularly in the context of recent developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

For this Special Issue, we invite the community of professionals and researchers interested in the fields of geographic information extraction, retrieval, and related applications to submit their work. The scope of submissions includes but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Corpus collection, preparation, and annotation:
    1. Identification and annotation of resources (e.g., text collections, images, videos, and associated metadata);
    2. Construction, modeling, and the use of ontologies, gazetteers, and thesauri for geographic information extraction and retrieval;
    3. Data models and representation schema for spatial and spatiotemporal (unstructured/semistructured) data;
    4. Corpus linguistics methods for geographical text analysis.
  2. Geographic information extraction, indexing, and retrieval:
    1. Analysis of geospatial language and geospatial semantics;
    2. Geoparsing and geocoding unstructured contents (e.g., text documents, images, user queries, etc.);
    3. Spatio-textual data indexing and ranked retrieval methods;
    4. User interfaces for geographic information extraction and retrieval.
  3. Applications for geographic information extraction and retrieval:
    1. Industrial applications (e.g., tourism, media access and retrieval, etc.);
    2. Research applications (e.g., digital humanities, computational social sciences, etc.);
    3. Gold standards and in-domain evaluation.
Associate Prof. Christian Sallaberry


Prof. Bruno Martins
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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