Workshops 2016

Automated generalisation for ondemand mapping

Contact persons: Dirk Burghardt (TU Dresden), Cécile Duchêne (COGIT, IGN France)

The workshop will explore new challenges and solutions in the domain of automated generalisation for on demand mapping and the changing context of map use. Many tasks require us to visualise geographic information at a number of different scales, in a variety of environments, over different devices. Therefore research is concerned with automated methods that enable the creation and display of such geographic information at multiple levels of detail, across a range of technologies. The challenges of this research draws upon researchers and practitioners alike, working in the fields of on-demand mapping, multiple representations, data integration and generalisation of geographic information.

CCM2 River and Catchment Database for Europe ‐ Applications

Contact persons: Alfred de Jager (JRC)

Description: The pre-conference workshops organized on 14th of June are a complementary forum to the main conference, encouraging the presentation and discussion of work in progress, and facilitating a dialogue in small groups. The main goal of this workshop is to exchange experiences and to discuss the use of intelligent hydrographic data sets such as the CCM2 River and Catchment data set. The workshop can also be a forum to discuss the needs and possibilities for extending the spatial domain of CCM2, exploring both the organizational as well as the technical challenges to reach such a goal.

Link‐VGI: LINKing and analyzing Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) across different platforms

Contact persons: Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg)

Description: The number of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media platforms is continuously growing, providing massive datasets of georeferenced content that is either actively contributed (e.g. adding data to OSM, Mapillary, or Flickr) or collected through more passive modes (e.g. enabling geolocation in Twitter feeds). Whereas contribution behavior for individual crowdsourcing applications has already been extensively analyzed in the literature, it is less understood if and how users participate in several crowd sourcing activities. Hence several research questions relevant to a better understanding of community involvement in data contributions have evolved. These include for example, whether activity spaces in different sources are spatially co-located or spatially distinct for individual contributors, or whether contributor communities evolve across platforms. As an example, users started to cross-link data from different platforms, e.g. by mapping OSM point of interests (POIs) and street features (e.g. street lamps, sidewalk information) based on Mapillary photographs, or by tagging Flickr pictures with OSM tags. This workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions. One portion in the workshop is dedicated to a hands-on session. In this session, basics of spatial data access through selected APIs and the extraction of summary statistics of the results will be illustrated.

Code Loves Maps: Cartographically Oriented Programming Environments

Contact persons: Pyry Kettunen (FGI)

Description: Maps in digital age build on program code. This program code ranges from low level infrastructural code of operating systems to high level abstract code of applications, the latter of which is brought to users in visual cartographic form by compilers and interpreters in operating systems and web browsers. Since program code is a means to most powerful expression of ideas for user interfaces, innovative cartographic development requires cartographically oriented programming environments. Learning curves and ease of use in this kind of coding environments vary in large measure, which causes varied potential for cartographers to practice their discipline with these libraries. In the spirit of the International Map Year of the International Cartographic Association and of the cooperation between ICA and AGILE, this full day workshop of the Commission on Maps and the Internet will study, discuss and sample cartographically oriented programming environments.

3rd AGILE Workshop on Geogames and Geoplay

Contact persons: Christoph Schlieder (University of Bamberg)

Description: Geogames are playful activities in which the analysis and the creation of geodata constitute a core element of the game mechanics. The technological approaches adopted by Geogames are as diverse as the possible usage scenarios. Geogames have been realized as console games, browser games or mobile location-based games and make use of GI technologies such as virtual environments or simulations. Application scenarios include environmental education, cultural tourism, and Geodesign. Geogames currently attract considerable interest from researchers and GI professionals. This is reflected by recent developments on the GI market such as Google’s announcement to deploy in 2016 - two years after the Ingress game - a second massively multiplayer Geogame. At the same time, Geogames raise a number of challenging geospatial research issues, e.g. the spatio-temporal balancing of the game flow or the creation of virtual game .

GIS with NoSQL

Contact persons: Wolfgang Reinhardt (University of the Bundeswehr, Munich)

The growing amount of geodata, for example OSM and other VGI data could lead to the adaption of NoSQL-technology in the field of geoinformation. This raises several research questions on which this workshop focuses:

  • Are these new types of databases applicable in the GIS field?
  • Do they meet the special requirements of handling spatial data?
  • Is it worthwhile to use such databases with spatial data?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of NoSQL for GIS?
  • In which use-cases is NoSQL better than other data storage options?
  • Which GIS applications use NoSQL-technology already as their data storage?
  • What are the user’s experiences with the use on NoSQL-technology?

This workshop attempts to answer these questions through a series of presentations from experts who have experience with NoSQL technology. In the second part there will be hands-on sessions where the participants create a simple map application with a NoSQL technology (MongoDB) as backend storage.

Visually‐Supported Computational Movement Analysis

Contact persons: Robert Weibel (University of Zurich)

Description: The past decade has seen a dramatic improvement of positioning technologies which led to massive volumes of tracking data about virtually any object that moves, in a multitude of application domains. Consequently, many new methods for these data have been developed, and computational movement analysis has evolved as an important stream of research within GIScience. However, many challenges remain, including context-aware analysis, multi-sensor data integration, scale-adaptive analysis, integration of analytical and visual methods, etc.
This one-day workshop calls for recent advances in movement analysis. First, we call for submissions in any application area using any movement data type on: new computational methods of movement analysis and new visually-supported methods, as well as empirical evaluations and applications of existing methods.
Second, we are organising a data challenge using open GPS seabird tracking data and call for both purely analytical and visually-supported solutions to address ecological research questions. Participation in data challenge is encouraged, but not required for workshop attendance.

GI-N2K Workshop and plugfest: Back-to-back @AGILE-2016

Contact persons: Danny Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven)

Description: The GI-N2K project aims to align the education and vocational training system in the domain of Geographic Information Science & Technology (GI S&T) with the actual requirements in the job market. GI-N2K builds upon the existing Body of Knowledge (BoK) for GI S&T that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS, 2006). A consortium of 31 partners from 25 countries has updated the GI S&T BoK, brought it in line with recent technological developments and added the European perspective in this field (e.g. importance of INSPIRE). The renewed GI S&T BoK applies an ontological approach and takes the form of a dynamic e-platform including tools to use and explore the BoK (e.g. curricula design). Now the time has come to extensively explore and test the new GI S&T BoK and its tools. This will be done during 8 workshops/plugfests organised in 7 countries based a series of real-world use cases.

Workshops 2015

Geoprocessing on the Web - science-driven and community-driven

Contact persons: Johannes Brauner (Geoinformatics, TU Dresden), Barbara Hofer (ZGIS, Salzburg)

Description: Online geoprocessing is about executing spatial analyses over the web, which is a recent trend in communities dealing with spatial data. The purposes of providing analysis functionality as services can be manifold: allowing reuse of functionality for frequently performed tasks, assuring the use of up-to-date data, documenting and sharing workflows etc. Such geoprocessing services are generally available, yet their discovery and usability is hampered by missing platforms promoting and facilitating an easy usage, especially for novice users.
The workshop shall bring together current and future developers and users of online geoprocessing technology for demonstrating solutions and providing best practice examples. These best practice examples may eventually provide the starting point for a community platform for online geoprocessing. Further requirements (e.g. technical, community-oriented, discovery) for such a platform will be established by i.a. collecting and analysing contributions and statements during the workshop.

RICH-VGI: enRICHment of volunteered geographic information (VGI): Techniques, practices and current state of knowledge

Contact persons: Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg)

Description: In recent years we have witnessed the rapid emergence of Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI) projects. VGI is being applied more and more for research and applications. Nevertheless, VGI is often denounced due to its heterogenities in quality, completeness and redundancy. However, these can be improved by applying spatial analysis and data mining techniques. These approaches utilize the relationship between the data from a VGI platform itself and/or cross-utilization of data from other sources, including other VGI platforms or authoritative sources. The purpose of this workshop is to intensively discuss the possibilities of data derivation, knowledge propagation and quality improvement for VGI and VGI analysis.

Geospatial Thinking: Research, educational and societal aspects

Contact persons: Marinos Kavouras (National Technical University of Athens)

Description: What is common in tasks such as reading a map, finding your way in a shopping mall, interpreting a diagram, and understanding the spatial distribution of a phenomenon or the association of places and events? They are all tasks that rely on a mental skill called spatial or geospatial thinking, an important ability for sciences and everyday life. The goal of this workshop is to promote the value of spatial thinking and suggest ways to enhance it. We envision that this workshop will provide insights on the research questions that relate to geospatial skills, how geospatial thinking can be integrated in education and to what extent the level of spatial awareness influences societal activities.

Assessing the fitness of citizens observatories for land cover / land use mapping and validation purposes

Contact persons: Jamal Jokar Arsanjani (University of Heidelberg)

Description: The area of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is developing at an amazing speed, producing large amounts of data on many subjects, which may be valuable for a variety of applications, some of which were not the primary aim of the projects’ founders. One of these applications is the extraction of land cover/use information, which may be useful for training classifiers and therefore assist in the creation of land cover/use maps, or for their validation. However, the quality and consistency of the information provided by different potential sources of VGI may be different and therefore needs to be compared. The aim of this workshop is to provide hands-on training in working with different sources of VGI (OpenStreetMap, Geo-Wiki, Degrees of Confluence Project and Panoramio) in order to compare the quality and consistency of the resulting land cover information. The workshop will lead to a peer-reviewed publication summarizing the results and provide recommendations for the use of VGI for Land Cover purposes. A special issue containing the presented works is planned as well.

2nd AGILE Workshop an Geogames and Geoplay

Contact persons: Christoph Schlieder (University of Bamberg)

Description: Geogames are playful activities in which the analysis and the creation of geodata constitute a core element of the game mechanics. The technological approaches adopted by Geogames are as diverse as the possible usage scenarios. Geogames have been realized as console games, browser games or mobile location-based games and make use of GI technologies such as virtual environments, simulations and sensors. Application scenarios include environmental education, cultural tourism, and Geodesign. Geospatial gamification approaches have been especially successful where user motivation is a core concern such as with collaboratively created geodata. The full-day workshop brings together researchers and GIS professionals interested in creating and using Geogames. It serves as a venue for sharing experiences and discussing technological challenges and solutions


Workshops 2014

Valarm-Esri ad-hoc, real-time mobile sensor networks in the cloud

Contact persons: Edward Pultar (Valarm), Frank Holsmuller (Esri), Francisco J. Lopez Pellicer (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Description: More and more mobile devices enter the world every day with the majority aimed for consumer use, however there is a growing potential for commodity mobile devices (phones, tablets, mini-PCs, etc.) to be used in combination with internal and external sensors (via Bluetooth and USB) to create sensor networks and perform remote environmental monitoring, mobile data acquisition, asset tracking, and other applications around the globe. Yesterday’s as well as today’s mobile devices are powerful, mobile computers with GPS that are able send data to the internet from the field in real-time from countries around the world via 3G/4G cell networks, Ethernet, and WiFi. Hence Valarm has shown that mobile devices, as well as other widely available connector hardware, are quite capable for monitoring, measuring, and responding to environmental factors like air quality, humidity, gases, pressure, and temperature. We also show how this set of services utilizes the Esri platform on the cloud to build its business and to connect sensors to the world of geoprocessing.

This workshop elaborated on the possibilities of using geospatial information and processing across multiple sectors, and thereby implementing Digital Earth applications, i.e. applications of next-generation GIS and SDI.

Digital Earth: What the hack?

Contact persons: Rob Lemmens (ITC, University of Twente), Sven Schade (European Commission, Joint Research Centre) Florian Hillen (Universität Osnabrück Institut für Geoinformatik und Fernerkundung), Bernhard Höfle (Universität Heidelberg), Yola Georgiadou (ITC, University of Twente), Christine Richter (University of Amsterdam)

Description: For more than five years, hackathons, hack days, hackfests and the like revolutionise software development all across our planet. Examples included many North American and European cities, but also emerged within developing countries in Latin America and Africa. Crowd sourcing and other co-creation processes repeatedly result in unexpected Applications/Apps solving societal challenges. Hackathons succeed if they are well prepared, i.e. if they have a well-defined focus - including available data sets, programming language and operating system to be used, challenge to be addressed, etc.

Geoprocessing on the Web

Contact persons: Matthias Müller (TU Dresden), Lars Bernard (TU Dresden), Albert Remke (52°North), Bénédicte Bucher (IGN France), Javier Abadía (Esri España)

Today the Web serves as a universal information and communication infrastructure. We are able to share data, documents, maps and apps based on web technologies. The efficient use of geoprocessing functionality for data analysis and presentation on the Web is an active topic in GIS science and application. The massive rise in available spatial data from mapping communities, sensor operators and public bodies has also spurred the demand by lay users and experts for readily available analysis and data processing tools. While Desktop and Workstation GIS are still widely used, there is also a trend towards sharing and reusing data processing and analysis workflows on the Web.

This workshop attempted to link the different geoprocessing activities in the AGILE and the EuroSDR community. Depending on the interest among the participants, ideas and findings will be collected in a research agenda to foster further collaboration.

Geogames and geoplay

Contact persons: Eduardo Dias (Geodan), Maurice Hendrix (University of Northampton), Joaquin Huerta (University Jaume I, Castellon), Peter Kiefer (ETH Zürich), Panagiotis Petridis (Coventry University), Christoph Schlieder (University of Bamberg), Olga Yanenko (University of Bamberg)

Geogames are playful activities in which the analysis and the creation of geodata constitute a core element of the game mechanics. The technological approaches adopted by Geogames are as diverse as the possible usage scenarios. Geogames have been realized as console games, browser games or mobile location-based games and make use of GI technologies such as virtual environments or simulations. Application scenarios include environmental education, cultural tourism, and Geodesign. Gamification approaches have been especially successful where user motivation is a core concern such as with collaboratively created geodata.

Development Augmented Reality Applications for Google GLASS

Contact persons: Luis Enrique Rodriguez (University Jaume I, Castellon), Álvaro Arranz (U-TAD University)

This workshop was centred on showing how wearable technology, such as Google
GLASS, can improve the user experience for GIS applications, e.g. indoor localization.
Displaying understandable geographic information easily to the user has traditionally been a challenge for GIS application developers. Wearable technology has recently showed up as a solution for dramatically improving the user experience for a variety of technologies, and geographic information will, very likely, be having an important role. In the first section of the workshop, the Google GLASS user experience was presented. Timeline, cards, immersions and input technology were explained. Then, an introduction to the GDK was given from a developer point of view. Basic concepts for jumping from Android SDK to GDK were outlined. Finally, the speakers showed how an indoor localization application can be programmed for GLASS.

COBWEB: Citizen Science, Quality and Standards

Mike Jackson (University of Nottingham), Lars Bernard (TU Dresden), Bart De Lathouwer (OGC)

COBWEB will leverage the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Concentrating initially on the Welsh Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, we will develop a citizens’ observatory framework, and then validate the work within the context of the UK National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and internationally, within the WNBR; specifically, within Greek and German Reserves. The infrastructure we develop will exploit technological developments in ubiquitous mobile devices, crowdsourcing of geographic information and the operationalizing of standards based SDI such as the UK Location Information Infrastructure. It will enable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental information on a range of parameters including species distribution, flooding and land cover/use. A main driver will be the opportunity to participate in environmental governance. Data quality issues will be addressed by using networks of “people as sensors” and by analysing observations and measurements in real-time combination with authoritative models and datasets. The citizen’s observatory framework will integrate with evolving INSPIRE compliant national SDIs and allow the fusion of citizen sourced data with reference data from public authorities in support of policy objectives. To maximize impact, COBWEB will work within the processes of the standards defining organisations. Specifically, we will aim to improve the usability of Sensor Web Enablement standards with mobile devices, develop widespread acceptance of the data quality measures we develop and maximize the commercial appeal of COBWEB outputs. The end result we are aiming for is a toolkit and a set of models that demonstrably works in different European countries and which is accepted as a core information system component of the WNBR. Implementations of COBWEB will act as models for how technology may be used to empower citizen associations in environmental decision making.


Workshops 2013

Analysing spatio-temporal data with R

Contact persons: Edzer Pebesma (University of Muenster, Germany)

Description: Since 2005, R has become a key tool for spatial statistics. In the R project, the group dealing with spatial data is one of the largest of all domain-specific special interest groups. A large number of CRAN packages offer basic and advanced methods for spatial statistics. Packages for handling and analyzing spatio-temporal data have strongly developed over the last 2 years. The workshop presented the state of the art in using R for spatio-temporal statistics.

Web Cartography for National SDIs

Contact persons: Barend Köbben (ITC - University of Twente, The Netherlands), Lars Harrie (Lund University, Sweden)

Description: The availability of huge amounts of geo-information via the Internet has led to many advantages for the users as well as for the producers of data. It is easier to deliver up to data information, to combine data from different sources, to enable collaborative mapping, to hyperlink between geodata and other information on the web, and to facilitate more personalised maps. At the same time there are remaining and new challenges related to reliability, quality, copyright, privacy, visualisation, etc. The workshop focussed on the visualisation issues and especially on issues related to combination of different web services.

Analysing eye-tracking data in real, virtual and mixed environments

Contact persons: Thérèse Steenberghen (KU Leuven, Belgium), Peter Kiefer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Description: This workshop focussed on eye-tracking for environmental studies. How do people interact with spatial information? Real spatial information (the environment), virtual spatial information (augmented reality, maps, GIS, etc.) or a mixed form (way finding). Eye tracking technology (static and mobile) contains promising characteristics to study these interactions but encounters some boundaries both on the analyzing and interpretation side. By bringing together environmental researchers, engineers and psychological researcher, who all use eye-tracking for environmental studies, this workshop opened some of these boundaries and worked around some concrete examples such as: What are the problems researchers encounter with working and analyzing eye-tracking data in environmental/spatial studies?

Integrating 4D, GIS and Cultural Heritage

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer (CartoGIS cluster, Ghent University, Belgium) Prof. Dr. Roland Billen (University of Liege, Belgium), Eric Desjardin (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Berdien De Roo (Ghent University, Belgium)

Description: Abundant use of GIS in the archaeological field is challenged by the perspective of GIS as a time consuming, non-standardized tool. The standardization available in geoscience research, with the effort of the Open Geospatial consortium (OGC), is currently lacking in archaeology. Archaeological standardization is up to this point defined by local organizations and rather consists of formats than real standards. There is not such a thing as a single GIS available that can store and analyze the diversity of data archaeologists often have to deal with. Also, time aspects, uncertainty, multi-dimensionality, multivocality and subjectivity are not or not sufficiently supported by current systems to be easily accessible and understandable. As such, the tools to be developed should be adapted to the data available.

3D urban modelling with Esri City Engine

Contact persons: Michael Gould (ESRI), Joaquin Huerta (Univ Jaume I, Spain), Gert van Maren (Esri Development Center Zurich, Switzerland)

Description: The workshop was a hands-on workshop exploring City Engine 3D urban modelling software. It focussed on data import, analysis, integration with ArcGIS, and web publishing.

Action and Interaction in Volunteered Geographic Information (ACTIVITY)

Contact persons: Dr. Peter Mooney (NUI Maynooth, Ireland), Prof. Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Prof. Georg Gartner (Technical University of Vienna, Austria), Dr. Karl Rehrl (Salzburg Research, Austria), Prof. Hartwig Hochmair (University of Florida), Dr. Padraig Corcoran (University College Dublin, Ireland), Dr. Marcus Goetz (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Description: The amount and variety of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is growing rapidly. There are many different VGI sources (e.g. OpenStreetMap, Wikimapia, Panoramio, GeoNames) addressing different types of spatially-explicit as well as spatially-implicit content, being collected by voluntary people. Some of these sources involve active participation (e.g. editing map features in OSM) while others require more passive modes of participation (e.g. enabling geolocation in Twitter feeds). The growing trend to ubiquitous data collection results in massive datasets, waiting to get leveraged by a continuously growing number of emerging applications such as wildfire tracking, volunteer response coordination during natural disasters or road navigation. The collective intelligence formed by the collaboration or competition among its individual members of VGI communities is unique. Analysing VGI datasets is one of the domain's currently hottest research topics. Only a small amount of research has been carried out into the behaviour of VGI communities. How do such communities evolve? What are their patterns of contribution? Are such communities a single large collaborating ecosystem of data and information generators or are communities acting within smaller networks or cliques of groups working collectively? How do contribution patterns influence the outcome?
This workshop brought together leading researchers in this domain to discuss relevant questions in the context of action and interaction of VGI communities. It is directed at social and information scientists by addressing behavioural as well as technical questions.

Understanding Urban Cycling: A data challenge (CDC2013)

Contact persons: Nico Van de Weghe (Ghent University, Belgium), Seraphim Alvanides (Northumbria University, UK), Stefan van der Spek (TU Delft, The Netherlands), Godwin Yeboah (Northumbria University, UK)

As cycling in British cities increases, so do conflicts between cyclists and other road users, as well as debates with city planners who are trying to balance cities’ transport infrastructures in the face of public spending cuts. In the Tyneside conurbation (North East England), incremental steps are taken by the local authorities to provide cycling infrastructure, albeit at a slow rate compared to the uptake of cycling in the commuting area. This cycling data challenge (in short CDC2013) entails detailed survey of 79 commuter cyclists, while cycling in the area around the Tyneside conurbation. Data collection methods involved day-long GPS tracking alongside diaries for trip clarification and classification, over a period of 7 days. The purpose of this research is to provide evidence on the use of the area’s cycling infrastructure by experienced commuter cyclists, by estimating the cycle-miles on the cycling network as a percentage of the total, for the given sample. The main research is an integral part of Godwin Yeboah’s PhD research with Dr. Seraphim Alvanides as the principal academic supervisor; all at Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom

The Data Complexity Challenge – New Approaches to Data Harmonisation

Contact persons: Dr. Eva Klien (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany), Thorsten Reitz (ESRI, Germany), Dominique Laurent (IGN France, France), Just van den Broecke (JustObjects), Andreas Donaubauer (TU München, Germany), Simon Templer (ZGDV)

Description: “Big Data” is a central aspect for research and development projects. But it is not just data volume that is growing; it’s the number of potential data sources as well as the individual complexity of these data sources. The availability of such large, complex data provides a unique opportunity for gaining new knowledge from the combination of data from heterogeneous sources into consistent and unambiguous information products. This remains a core challenge both in research and application.


Workshops 2012

Testing Geospatial Web Services - Scientific SDIs

Contact persons: Stephan Schmid (University of the Bundeswehr, Germany), Johannes Brauner (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany), Bastian Schäffer (52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, Germany), Stephan Mäs (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)

Description: The workshop is continuing a series of workshops that has been successfully held in conjunction with the last three AGILE conferences. This year the main topics of interoperability and testing of open-source and proprietary Geo Web Service and the Persistent SDI Testbed (PTB) are extended towards Scientific SDIs. Therewith, the question of what distinguishes Scientific SDIs from others and how such Scientific SDIs can be established in the European Community shall be addressed as an additional topic. The workshop aims to outline the state of the art and the technical and scientific issues related to Geo Web Services, its testing and Scientific SDIs and to discuss best practice examples. Further goals are the development of consistent testing strategies and the support of geospatial research in major EU programs, science and education. All presentations and paper abstracts will be published on the PTB website.

Creating campus applications using free Esri resources (CampusMaps)

Contact persons: Michael Gould (ESRI, USA), Frank Holsmuller (ESRI, USA)

Description: This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to create a large scale campus map using ArcGIS Desktop and ESRI's free Campus Basemap Template. Students will also learn how to use their basemap to create web applications using ArcGIS Online data and services. Participants get a feel for the new web tools that are becoming available as an addition to the ESRI desktop GIS software many AGILE members already have, and they also learn how their organizations can participate in ESRI's Community Maps program, which can facilitate and accelerate collaboration within the organization and beyond. The workshop exercises allow users to take advantage of ArcGIS Server without the need to install and maintain such a server, as everything runs in the cloud. These tools make it simpler to spread geographic information across the campus, well beyond the small group of GIS experts, and this includes getting administrators involved. Mark Stewart from ESRI will be the instructor.

3D web visualization

Contact persons: Jorge Gustavo Rocha, (Univ. Minho, Portugal), Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Description: Geospatial 3D web visualization is almost a reality. It will be a reality, when we accomplish a webbased 3D visualization, as smooth as the navigation in 2D. Extensive research has been done recently towards efficient visualization, either on the geospatial 3D data (improvements were done in the generalization of 3D objects; texture compression; efficient management of different LODs, etc.) and on the 3D web visualization (WebGL support in browsers). Since there are different approaches and different groups working towards geospatial 3D visualization, this workshop aims to join all interested researchers, involved in 3D research issues such as 3D GIS, Web and mobile 3D visualization, interaction and analysis, Geospatial 3D application areas.

Complex Data Mining in a GeoSpatial Context

Contact persons: Cyril de Runz (Univ. Reims, France), Thomas Devogele (Univ. Tours, France), Julien Perret (IGN, France)

Description: This workshop would be a framework for collaboration between researchers/industrialists in order to share their practices in the field of complex data mining for geoapplications. For instance, complex data in a geospatial context may be non-structured data such as web data about location. In many fields, such as geodatabases, geographical web semantic, and of course in GIS, the amount of available data grows larger every day. Therefore, this often leads us to handle data (i) from multiple sources such as sensors, or web research and survey; (ii) representing the same information (location, territory, land) at different dates (periods of time); (iii) grouping information of different types (images, texts, coordinates, shapes,...) or of different nature (web, ontology, text mining,...), etc. In the geospatial context, the complexity may concern the processes (data acquisition, data structuring, knowledge discovery) or the actual data (lack of information, uncertain data, serial data, etc.). Therefore, complex data mining in a geospatial context should first structure complex data before extracting geopatterns. The consideration of the data mining step from the preprocessing to the utility of the extracted geopatterns is the main goal of the workshop. The workshop will consist of several submitted papers and the program is available online.

Complexity Modeling for Urban Structure and Dynamics

Contact persons: Bin Jiang (University of Gävle, Sweden), Itzhak Benenson (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

Description: This workshop focus on issues related to modeling the complexity of urban structure and dynamics. It will consist of several submitted papers that deal with complex systems tools such as cellular automata, complex networks, agent-based modeling, and scaling/hierarchy. Of special interest to the group are issues related to the development of models that involve BIG arrays of data that is geospatial data at fine resolution such as digital traces of human activities and others.

Geographic Information Retrieval Tutorial

Contact persons: Ross Purves, (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Mauro Gaio (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France), Bénédicte Bucher, (IGN, France)

Description: Geographic Information Retrieval is a hot topic. The realization that considerable geographic information is contained in unstructured textual documents has resulted in extensive research in both the GIScience and Information Science communities. In parallel, methods based around notions of a semantic web which attempt to explicitly encapsulate geographic and other information contained in documents have also been developed, and links between the two areas of research, for example in the development of geographic ontologies, have started to form. However, the field is a relatively young one, and to date has not fully demonstrated its potential. The Geographic Information Retrieval Tutorial at AGILE will seek to capitalize on the strong roots of the GIR community in Europe, by bringing together a set of active academics in the field to deliver a tutorial aimed at all of those interested in the area from both GIScience and Information Science. It will open with a talk on a state of the art GIR project, before a brief discussion of a shared vocabulary for the day. It will then take the form of a tutorial, focusing on 4 topics central to geographic information retrieval: Toponym grounding and footprint definition, Ranking in GIR, Evaluation strategies
The day will close with a panel discussion on future challenges in GIR. More information on this workshop and past GIR workshops is available at the website the GIR group maintains.

Hands-on "Open Source GIS & WebMapping"

Contact persons: Barend Köbben (ITC - University of Twente, The Netherlands) (organizer and workshop lecturer).

Description: This workshop will be a hands-on practical workshop, intended to introduce the possibilities and pitfalls of using Open Source applications for GIS and web mapping to people who are interested in this technology, but that do not yet have much experience in the actual practical use of OSGEO applications. This workshop has a half day duration, scheduled for the afternoon from 14:00 -18:00. The workshop will start with a short introduction of Open Source GIS and web mapping technology, followed by practical guidance on how to actually do it. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops, we will provide the theory, the software and guidance! We have a set of exercises that guide the participants in setting up a web mapping site using OpenStreetMap data, adding their own data using the desktop QGIS application, serving that data as a Web Map Service and finally bringing it all together on a interactive “slippy map” website using OpenLayers. The workshop is supported by the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and software donation from OSGEO (Open Source Geospatial Foundation Live DVD). More information can be obtained here.

MECHANICITY and GeoDiverCity

Contact persons: Mike Batty (UCL, UK), Denise Pumain, (Géographie-cités, France)

Description: The objective of the workshop is to bring together teams working on two projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to discuss aims, methods and possible complementarities. The MECHANICITYproject is concerned with morphology, energy and climate change in the city, whereas theGeoDiverCity project deals with the analysis and modeling the geographical diversity of cities and city systems. Short presentation of scholars involved in each project will be followed by extensive discussions from both groups. As the workshop is organized by two research teams wanting to compare their experiences, the workshop is not open to other presentations, but of course attendance is open to anybody interested on these projects. We hope to get reactions and suggestions from the audience as well. The program of the workshop is available online.

Views on the Body of Knowledge (VoB)

Contact persons: Frans Rip (U. of Wageningen, Netherlands), Marinus de Bakker (U. of Groningen, Netherlands), Marco Painho (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Description: The GI Body of Knowledge was published in 2006 by the Association of American Geographers as a description of the GI domain. The question is “how do cartographers, remote sensing users, GIS analysts, surveyors and programmers look at it today”? The workshop will include several short presentations on issues related to the Body of Knowledge book and how it could be used for teaching GIS. It will also include presentations providing a feedback on GI-BoK from the GIS domains /Geomatics, cartography and remote sensing).


Workshops 2011

Co-op Strategy Workshop / BoK2

Contact persons: Frans Rip (Wageningen, Netherlands), Marinus de Bakker (Groningen, Netherlands), Marco Painho (Lisbon, Portugal)

Topic: towards a strategy for collaboration. A conceptual foundation for the co-operation is the GI Body of Knowledge ('BoK'; DiBiase 2006). It could be used to describe both GI teaching and GI jobs. Using BoK in that way could also provide feedback to the makers of BoK2. This feedback would include European viewpoints on BoK, to supplement its exclusively American perspective so far. Another area for feedback and supplementation of BoK with specifics from, for instance, the Cartography and the Remote Sensing domains.

Goals: Agreements on the nature of the collaboration, outline of people deployment possibilities for participating organizations

Planned Outcome: Framework for collaboration, that could be used as the basis for applying for funding for 4 years from the EU FP7 COST-programme (Sept.2011)

Cartographic Support for early Warning and Crisis Management

Contact persons: Milan Konecny, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Vaclav Talhofer, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Petr Kubicek, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Wolfgang Reinhradt, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Goal & Topics: The main goal is to compare the state of the art and trends of the cartographic support in Early Warning and Crises Management and to identify issues for future research.

There exists significant public demand for integrated participation of several scientific disciplines in provision of crisis management and early warning. Up-to-date information, their suitable structuring, and easy access to them are necessary for supporting timely and correct decision-making in emergency/crisis situations. Cartographic visualization plays an important role for user’s orientation. Visualization is not an isolated element of the information transfer process; it depends on the status of source databases, decision-supporting models, and behaviour of different kind of users.

Both public and private institutions gradually shift their focus from collection of data to their use in various applications. Use of existing data, verification of their quality, analyses of their qualitative features, interpretation, presentation and implementation of their accessibility to users – these are currently the key requirements of public and private institutions that maintain the databases.

This workshop will deal with the process of transfer of geoinformation to the user. Complex approach to the topic covers geoinformation, geostatistic, cartographic, environmental, psychological, and other aspects.

Planned outcome: Potential participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (app. 400 words) addressing some of the above mentioned topics. Abstracts will be reviewed and eight will be selected for a paper presentation during the workshop. Contributions are welcomed both from senior researchers and PhD students.

Selected papers will be published in the Advances in Military Technology (AiMT) Journal issued in the University of Defence, the Czech Republic which is listed in the SCOPUS database (ISSN 1802-2308,

Higher-dimensional GIS, introducing PC Raster 3

Contact persons: Derek Karssenberg (Utrecht, Netherlands), Kor de Jong (Utrecht, Netherlands + ESRI), Willem van Deursen (PC Raster Team)

Description: Most GIS software packages are built around the concept of attribute information in two spatial dimensions. To represent time series of data and forward simulations in GIS it is needed to represent the time dimension in data and functions. Moreover, for dealing with uncertainty in spatial data, it is required to add a fourth dimension representing stochastic attributes. Although conceptual models for multi dimensional GIS have been extensively described, the number of tools that can deal with multiple dimensions is still limited.

In this workshop we address this need and will introducé the recently released PCRaster Version 3 software1-7 that incorporates data structures, data analysis functions and visualization routines for 5 dimensions, i.e. for stochastic spatio-temporal data. The workshop will include a number of short presentations dealing with concepts and theory combined with short computer labs to introduce you to the software.

The objectives are to discuss recent developments and research needs in the field of higher-dimensional GIS and to get a quick practical introduction to the PCRaster Version 3 software. Case studies will include examples from human and physical geography. With this workshop we hope to contribute to dissemination of research results in higher dimensional GIS. The workshop may result in a joint research paper with workshop participants.

Integrating Sensor-Web and Web-based Geoprocessing

Contact persons: Theodor Foerster (Muenster, Germany), Arne Broering (52North), Bastian Baranskli, Benjamin Pross, Christoph Statch, Thomas Everding (all Muenster, Germany), Stephan Mas (Dresden, Germany)

Description: The ISW workshop seeks for research presentations on the cross-road of Sensor Web and Geoprocessing. Geoprocessing is the application of functionality representing real-world processes (e.g. hydrological runoff models) or processing of geodata (e.g. generalization, (coordinate) transformation). Providing these models and functionality on the web is a relevant topic in research and industry, as it allows users to generate web-based information to support decision making. The Sensor Web evolves to enable discovery and tasking of sensors as well as interoperable access to their gathered data through common interfaces over the Web. Web-based geoprocessing can use data published through the Sensor Web as inputs to realize live decision support and vice versa. Such integration of the two technologies is an evolving field of research. Related applications are for example environmental monitoring (e.g. air quality, noise, water quality), health monitoring and risk management (e.g. forest fire).

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The presentations held at the workshop will be based on extended abstracts, submitted by potential participants. After the workshop, the participants are invited to submit full papers to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Testbed research: Testing Geospatial and Services/Persisted Testbed

Contact persons: Stephan Schmid (Munich, Germany), Johannes Brauner (Dresden, Germany), Bastian Schaffer (52North)

The workshop is held to improve interoperability of open-source and proprietary Geo Web Service software components. Therefore it is important to outline the present state of the art of technical and to identify scientific issues related to the field of Geo Web Services. Further goals are the development of testing strategies/procedures and the support of geospatial research in major EU programs and education.

The full day workshop will be held in context of the 14th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 18th April 2011. As the

AGILE/EuroSDR/OGC Persistent SDI Testbed for Research and Teaching in Europe (PTB, is co-organizing the workshop, it will be shown how different Testbed Collaboration could mutually benefit, how to develop synergies and how to improve the sustainability of running demonstrators for further work or research. Future strategies for testing Geo Web Services will also be developed and discussed.

Workshop topics:

  • Scientific questions in the field of Geo Web Services
  • Geo Web Service Software tests
  • Different testing methods and testing strategies with a special focus on interoperability, compliance and performance
  • Different testbeds and testing activities (including PTB)
  • Former activities and demonstrators (including reports from current Phase 2 of the PTB) as well as testbeds related to INSPIRE, GMES etc.
  • Concerning technologies for developing testing facilities

The workshop consists of invited talks and presentations selected from this call as well as of panel discussions about future testing strategies and testbed development (including discussions about strategies and testbed advances of the PTB). Please submit a short abstract of your presentation (max 300 words) before 1st March. Based on this abstracts the presentations will be selected through the organizing committee. Presentations will be between 20 and 30 minutes (including discussions). The deadline for the notification of acceptance is the15th March 2011.

All presentations and abstracts will be published on the PTB website (

Multi- and Interdisciplinary Research on Spatial Knowledge in the light of SII

Contact persons: Javier Martinez (Enschede, Netherlands), Karin Pfeffer (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Danny Vandenbroucke (Leuven, Belgium)

Description: The ways in which spatialized knowledge sources are being produced, exchanged and used is becoming a prominent research theme in various disciplines, and in particular in the social sciences. The objective of the workshop is to explore different aspects and research approaches of spatial knowledge management. PhD students and other researchers from a Dutch and a Belgium research program present findings from their programs, which focused on spatial information infrastructures in two very different geographical and cultural contexts: Belgium and India. Particular emphasis is put on the generation and utilization of official databases including the digitizing and harmonization of local spatial knowledge; the implications of knowledge production for inclusion and exclusion; accountability and citizenship (through participatory GIS), considering spatial knowledge as mediator to complement existing knowledge.

Expected audience: PhD students and other researchers of both research programs and of similar projects, international experts in the field of SII and spatial knowledge management, active AGILE members in the field of SII and spatial knowledge management.

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (≅ 400 words) addressing some of the questions posted by this workshop (see extended workshop description). Abstracts will be selected for presentation according to a number of criteria and available time for presentations. From those that will present, a number will be asked to prepare a book chapter that will be reviewed by 1) a review committee of the organizers of the workshop, and 2) a review from the editor. Contributions are welcomed both from senior researchers and PhD students.

Spatial Thinking

Contact persons: Claire Jarvis (Leicester, United Kingdom), Diana Sinton (Redlands, United States)

Description: Spatial literacy, and associated ideas such as spatial thinking and spatial cognition, have been the focus of several recent and distinctive academic initiatives and programs around the globe (e.g. LENS, CSISS, SPLINT). Shared goals include a better understanding of the ways in which we think and learn spatially, and an application of that knowledge to educational domains. This understanding has implications for the ways in which we teach and learn GIS and the utility of GIS as a tool for addressing spatially-based problems in the world. The public’s use of maps, through programs of citizen science, volunteered geographic information (VGI), GPS use for personal navigation, access of location-based services (LBS) via hand-held devices, and other neo-geography mapping applications all include expectations for people to use spatial modes of thinking and make decisions involving spatial information. Thus our understanding of how we develop and encourage good spatial practice is even more important.D

The workshop will consist of three major components:

  • Short participant papers on the nature, implications or counteractions in regard to spatial thinking;
  • A short webinar, led by colleagues in the US, providing an overview of current research in spatial cognition.
  • Group discussions, comprising:
    • A review of implicit spatial thinking by GI researchers through a top-down journal paper review exercise;
    • Discursive interactions that bring together viewpoints and issues raised by the short presentations and review exercise.

Additionally, participants will be provided ahead of time with an annotated bibliography of published literature on the topic of spatial thinking, especially as it pertains to matters of maps and representations, mapping, and navigation. This collection reflects the most current and relevant research by an international group of geographers, geoscientists, and cognitive and developmental psychologist who are studying these topics, and will inform our discussion.

GI Research and instruction mixing commercial and Open Source Tools

Contact persons: Andreas Wytzisk (52North), Michael Gould, Frank Holsmuller (both ESRI)

Note: This workshop is financially fully covered by ESRI; no workshop fee applicable (0 EUR)

Description: The workshop presents the new reality of mixed source deployments of geospatial technology, not only in industry but in GI research and instruction as well. The 52 North initiative has been practicing this mixed source development for some time now, and lately Esri has become a stronger partner in these developments and has announced new open APIs, open source software, and a non-profit organization program. This opens new possibilities for collaboration among AGILE members, NGOs, and industry. 52 North will show the fruits of mixed source development including recent open source extensions built on the ArcGIS platform, in the areas of Sensor Web Enablement and Web Processing Services (WPS). Esri can show the newly open-sourced Geospatial portal extension, the Open Street Map editor, and discuss future plans. Ample time is to be made available for group discussion, Q and A, and plans for future collaboration.

Workshop Topics:

  • Introduction to the notion of mixed-source development; implications for research and teaching
  • Work done at 52 North to create an OGC-compliant Sensor Observation Service (SOS) that is consumed in ArcGIS Desktop
  • Experiences exposing the ArcGIS geoprocessing toolbox via Web Processing Services (WPS)
  • Moving Esri's Geoportal Server to open source: how, why, lessons learned.
  • Esri's Open Street Map data editor extension for ArcGIS Desktop
  • Group discussion


Workshops 2010

Workshop on Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time

Contact persons: Gennady Andrienko, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The theme for the workshop and this special issue of International Journal of Geographical Information Science is the use of GeoVisual Analytics approaches for exploring and analysing large data sets with both spatial and temporal components. Original papers are solicited in this area. In particular, we encourage innovative papers detailing tight integration of visualization, data mining, database processing, optimization and other computational processing.

The workshop will provide participants with the possibility to present ongoing and developing work without committing to a full journal paper. The journal special issue will provide participants with the opportunity of reporting their work in a refereed journal.

Example topics include, but are not limited to, the visualization and interactive analysis of large data sets representing:

  • individual and group movement behaviours, either in physical or virtual spaces
  • dynamics of geo-localised sensor data
  • spatio-temporal events
  • remotely sensed data, multi-scale and multi-temporal
  • large high-dimensional data sets in space and time
  • streams of spatio-temporal data

as well as

  • models and semantics of time in geospatial visual analytics
  • knowledge construction and reasoning about spatial and temporal phenomena and processes
  • application of innovative visual analytics methods to real-life problems

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Persistent Testbed (PTB) Workshop

Contact persons: Johannes Brauner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The goal of the AGILE/OGC/EuroSDR initiative is to develop a European interest to advance a persistent testbed (PTB) capability to improve availability of interoperability development, testing, and implementation resources in support of geospatial research and major EU programs. The full-day workshop should keep the interested European GI Community informed about ongoing testbed activities and show how they could benefit from participating. Future strategies should be developed and discussed.

The workshop should consist of: 

  • Presentations about the PTB itself.
  • Presentations and show cases of former activities as demonstrators.
  • Presentations concerning best practices and/or preferable technologies for developing testing facilities.
  • The presentations should be surrounded by (panel) discussions about future strategies and testbed advances.

Workshop on Movement Research: Are you in the flow?

Contact persons: Monica Wachowicz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a discussion oriented workshop that will emphasise an in depth multidisciplinary discussions on the latest research and new experimental approaches aimed at addressing the current gaps in knowledge in the field of movement analysis.

The topics considered in scope for this workshop include, but are not limited to:
Tracking and Sensing Issues

  • Experiences in providing the location of mobile objects: Is the future really about real-time processing? Do we really need massive data collection?
  • Experiences with privacy as a concern when collecting the data sets: How to unravel trust and confidence problems, as well as security and privacy rights?

Methodological Issues

  • Experiences in analysing tracking loggings: Can we really understand implicit and explicit rules underlying movement behaviour based on trajectory patterns?
  • Experiences in developing and applying privacy preserving data mining, space-time reasoning, and visualisation techniques: What have been the advantages and limitations?

Technology Issues

  • Experience with mobile technologies: How can we make better use of existing mobile technologies? Are there gaps? Is there a need for new technologies?

Workshop on GI-Education Mapping

Contact persons: Frans Rip, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the AGILE 2009 preconference workshop on EQF, it was concluded that a first step should be made in mapping GI education in Europe.

The challenge is to find a way to link both the multitude of descriptions and the organisational variety of GI education possibilities to both the content description approach of UCGIS Body of Knowledge and the learning level structure of the European Qualification Framework.

In the proposed workshop first results will be presented. Participants could map their own curricula during a practical. A first evaluation of the proposed method, and the question 'what to do next?', shall be elements of the afternoon session.

Workshop schedule

  • Opening (Frans Rip, Wageningen University, Netherlands)
  • Presentation on Body of Knowledge survey (Kreet Masik, Tartu University, Estonia) [presentation  PDF]
  • Presentation on EduMapping Initiative results (Frans Rip)  [ presentation PDF]  [the first EduMap:  PDF]  
  • Practical: Find the coordinates of a single GI course
  • Discussion about the results
  • Difficulties
  • Perspectives
  • How to continue
  • Closing


Workshops 2009

Grid Technologies for Geospatial Applications

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Contact persons: Patrick Maué and Dr. Christian Kiehle

The European Qualification Framework applicable to the GI domain?

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Contact persons:Frans I. Rip and Marco Painho

Cross Atlantic Workshop on Economic Value of GeoInformation

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Contact persons: Alenka Krek, Stéphane Roche and Max Craglia


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Contact persons: Martin Breunig and Wolfgang Reinhardt

Adaptation in Spatial Communication

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Contact persons: Martin Tomko and Kai-Florian Richter

AGILE/EuroSDR/OGC Persistent Testbed for Research and Teaching in Europe

Original Page (with Presentations and Report)

Contact persons: Johannes Brauner, Chris Higgins, Mike Jackson, Ulf Sandgren and Lars Bernard

Challenges in Geospatial Data Harmonisation

Original Page (with Presentations)

Contact persons: Eva Klien, Sisi Zlatanova, Christine Giger and Astrid Fichtinger