Agile 2017 Workshops

More information on the workshop is available through the website set up by the organisers or through the contact person of the workshop. Registration for the workshops is done through the registration for the AGILE 2017 conference (also if only for workshops are attended). The fee includes a lunch. Registration will be open in January 2017

Half Day workshops (morning)


Title:
Economic Value of 3D Data

Abstract:
In 2015, the Special Interest Group of EuroSDR on 3D Data (3D SIG) launched an European-wide project to identify “The economic value of 3D data for National Mapping Agencies (NMA)”. This project is unique because it is funded through ‘crowd-funding’ by eleven NMA and EuroSDR as 12th partner. The results of the project will give the participating NMAs understanding in the 3D data: in what applications does a 3D approach give added value?; What are the required data for these applications?; and, what are the costs and benefits to collect and maintain these 3D data nationwide? As a starting-point of the project, 6 use cases have been selected for a value chain analysis. These use cases refer to Forestry Management, Urban Planning, Assets Management, Flood Management, Security/Safety and 3D Cadastre/Valuation. The next step is to quantify the costs and benefits for the use cases: Urban Planning and Flood Management. The workshop at AGILE Conference 2017 will present the results of the project, specifically the value chain of the 6 uses uses and the cost-benefit analyses of the two selected use cases as well as discuss the results in a breakout session.

Organisers:
Jantien Stoter (Delft University of Technology),  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Contact - KU Leuven),  André Streilein (Swisstopo)

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Title:
Coping with systemic changes in environmental modelling 



Abstract:
Most environmental modellers are familiar with the concept of critical transitions: abrupt changes in the system state as a result of a change in the system drivers. Less attention has been given to the concept of systemic changes: abrupt changes not (or not only) in the system state, but in the whole structure or behaviour of the system. Whereas critical transitions can, at least in theory, be reproduced by simulation models, systemic changes cannot, because the change in the system behaviour makes a previously valid simulation model structure invalid. Thereby, its projections can become invalid too.

In this workshop, we facilitate a dialogue on differences between critical transitions and systemic changes, we consider methods to identify past systemic changes, and we explore how to cope with systemic changes in modelling. We hope to initiate collaborative research, and plan to write a joint paper.

Organisers:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Contact - Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany), Derek Karssenberg, Oliver Schmitz (Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands), Mohammad Mehdi Moradi (Department of Information Systems, University of Jaume I, Spain)

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Title: 

Successfully publishing high-impact GIScience journal papers, examples from IJGIS



Abstract:
Scientific impact —as measured by the number of references to a published paper— may be conceived as a proxy for potential societal impact. Metrics such as the h-index are used for judging the scientific impact of authors and its score may have important implications for academic career opportunities. Based on experiences made in the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), this half-day workshop aims to discuss ideas and guidelines, particularly useful for young scientists, to publish a highly cited paper in a GIScience journal of their choice. Experienced GIScientists and IJGIS editors will share their perspectives on scientific publications. Prior to the workshop, participants will be offered copies of selected successful IJGIS publications. At the workshop, invited authors of these papers will then present their work as well as their view on what made their paper stand out. Next, participants are divided into small groups to discuss factors positively influencing the impact of their forthcoming GIScience papers. In a subsequent plenary session the results of the group discussions are reflected upon. Finally, we have a conversation among authors, reviewers, readers and editors to discuss the IJGIS submission and review processes, do’s, don’ts, concerns and suggestions.

Organisers:

Sytze de Bruin (Contact - Wageningen University, Laboratory of Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen, The Netherlands), Robert Weibel (University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Zurich, Switzerland), May Yuan, (Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

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Half Day workshops (afternoon)


Title: 

Reproducible Computational Geosciences


Abstract:
Reproducible research (RR) gains more attention each year with prominent papers, editorials and blog posts as journals, researchers and funders drive forward the agenda on open science. But still the majority of papers analyzing data, including diverse and often unique spatio-temporal observations, are not accompanied by complete materials (data, methods, complete results) to reproduce the methodology and computations, so that anyone can reproduce the findings. In this workshop we introduce the topic in the GIScience domain with a focus on computational reproducibility.

Contributions on the topics:

  • Lessons learned and best practices on RR, incl. previously published examples
  • reports on reproducibility studies
  • challenges of RR/open science
  • tools and workflows supporting computational RR
  • education in RR methods
  • archives and repositories
  • legal aspects of RR (privacy, licenses, terms of service)

are welcome. Workshop papers (< 1000 words) must be submitted via pull request to the GitHub repository https://github.com/o2r-project/agile-2017 or daniel.nuest@uni- muenster.de. Selected papers will be invited for presentation at the workshop.

Organisers:


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact - Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster),  Frank Ostermann (Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente)

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Title: 

Workshop on Graph Models and Optimization in GI science


Abstract:
Graphs are mathematical models that are commonly used to represent networks and maps. Therefore, they are of fundamental importance in geographical information (GI) science. This workshop addresses graph models in spatial planning, geographic analysis and cartographic visualization, with the aim of intensifying communication between researchers who work with a similar methodology in these different branches of spatial science. We encourage contributions presenting mathematically rigorous models in graphs as well as algorithmic solutions for those models. Since solving a model usually means optimizing the level of fulfillment of an objective subject to a set of constraints, the workshop primarily addresses optimization algorithms, being they exact, approximate, or heuristic. A question that will be central to the workshop is how problems of high computational complexity (e.g., NP-hard problems) in GI science can be tackled. Do we accept suboptimal solutions for the sake of efficiency and, if so, how much optimality are we willing to compromise? How do we evaluate the results of heuristics? Which role do exact algorithms for NP-hard problems (e.g., mathematical programming solvers) play?

Organisers:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact - University of Bonn, Germany), Takeshi Shirabe, (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden)

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Title:

Spatial thinking: research, educational, and societal aspects


Abstract:
Spatial thinking is a blending of knowledge and skills with rewarding effects on STEM disciplines, social sciences and humanities, as well as everyday life. It is the subject of interdisciplinary research from Psychology, Geography, GIScience, Geosciences, Education, Informatics, Neuroscience, etc.The Workshop aims at bringing together scientists: (a) to present innovative educational approaches, existing research projects and technological tools to support spatial thinking development and (b) to discuss emerging research questions relating to the enhancement of spatial thinking, its integration in education and its contribution in critical educational and societal issues, such as inclusive education and gender equality. The workshop is organized under the umbrella of AGILE’s Special Interest Group on Geospatial Thinking, which aims at coordinating and disseminating research efforts to enhance spatial thinking through education and evaluating the level of spatial awareness in societal activities.

The proposed Workshop deals with a critical research issue for GIScience education and training. It is also the subject of the AGILE Special Interest Group on Geospatial Thinking (https://agile-online.org/index.php/news/262-agile-special-interest-group-on-geospatial-thinking)

Organisers:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact - National Technical University of Athens)

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Full Day workshops


Title: 

Quality assessment of geospatial data: does it fit your needs?


Abstract:
In this workshop we present an overview of dataqulity and recent developments worldwide, The keynote speaker Robert Jeansoulin (Université de Paris-Est - Marne-la-Vallée), co-author of “Fundamentals of spatial data quality" [Devillers et al; 2006]  will elaborate on Essentials of Data Quality and Fitness for Use (still to be confirmed). Next we will present the current geospatial data quality framework developed for communication and assessing spatial data quality at the expertise centre for geospatial data quality at Wageningen-UR [Vullings et al, 2015; Meijer et al, 2015]. It is based on the principle of ‘fitness for use’ [report geospatial data quality NCG workshop 26 June 2014 (in Dutch)] and is applicable to all kinds of geospatial data varying from closed to open data, big data and sensor data, to name a few.

Organisers:

Jandirk Bulens (contact), Wies Vullings, Frans Rip, (Wageningen-UR), Joep Crompvoets (KU Leuven)

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Title: 

VGI-Analytics - Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI): Integration, ANALYsis, Tailoring multiple sources for diverse applICationS


Abstract:

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media data have become part of our everyday lives over the past few years. Whereas in the early beginnings of crowd-sourced data the data collection took place primarily on isolated VGI and social media platforms, contribution patterns are beginning to be more intertwined between different platforms. This means that crowd-sourcing applications begin to offer opportunities to share data between them during data collection and contribution, for example, by tweeting an Instagram image or by viewing a Mapillary image layer while editing OpenStreetMap data. Recent data contribution trends show also that geographic data are beginning to be linked across different VGI and social media platforms. As an example, users started to cross-link OSM point of interests (POIs) and street features (e.g. street lamps, sidewalk information) based on Mapillary photographs. This cross-linkage of data between different platforms brings new opportunities and challenges, including questions of data quality and the formation of user communities across platforms. It can also be observed that the number of VGI and social media platforms is continuously growing, providing new data sets to be analyzed. All these changes in the VGI world bring new opportunities and challenges, including questions of data quality and the formation of user communities across platforms. This workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions, innovative analysis approaches, current data fusion methods, real-world applications using cross-linked data, and novel crowd-sourcing and social media platforms.

The workshop offers two formats for paper submission. Accepted short papers will be published on the workshop Website. Full paper submissions will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS)  (http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/est/gsis) to appearin late 2017.

Organisers:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact - Maynooth University, Ireland), Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Jamal Jokar (Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark), Hartwig H. Hochmair (University of Florida, United States.

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Title: 


Open Data for Open Cities: Re-use and discovery level
applied to the spatial point analysis process on linear networks.


Abstract:
According to opendatasoft.org, there are currently more than 2.000 open data portals which can be used by data users. Nevertheless, authorities around the world discuss on the way to engage their users with their own open data portals and also they want to know how to improve re-usability of available information through those portals. Moreover, a lot of cities have their own open data portal which provide geographic data that can be used even by citizens.
For a long time one of the main authorities’ concern was to set up and populate open data portals with web services. In a few cases data quality is not taken into account for open data initiatives. Very often data quality is set as a main concern with large data catalogues that follow most of the current standards.
However, the current challenge is not just data download or published web services, but it is about data consumer requirements, their needs, engagement and about finding the way to involve them to be a part of the data selection process.

Organisers:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact), Fernando Benitez, Mohammad Mehdi Moradi , Jorge Mateu, Pau Aragó (Institute of new imaging technology, Universitat Jaume I, Spain), Marco Painho (NOVA IMS - Nova Information Management School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Guiying Du (Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster).

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Title:
4th AGILE Workshop on Geogames and Geoplay

Abstract:
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. Geospatial gamification approaches are especially challenging when they address social or political issues within the context of Open Smart Cities. This research field constitutes the thematic focus of the 2017 workshop. Contributions may, however, cover a broader range of topics (see 2.1).
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.

Organisers:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact - Research Group on Computing in the Cultural Sciences, University of Bamberg, Germany),  Mike Gould, Diego Pajarito (GEOTEC Research Group, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain), Peter Kiefer (Geoinformation Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

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Title:
Event-based Dissemination and Processing of Geospatial Information


Abstract:
Event-based architectures are more and more used in various mainstream IT applications including the financial sector or large scale IoT applications. However, the geospatial domain, especially spatial data infrastructures, often rely on the traditional Web Service pattern (request/response pattern). This workshop aims to discuss the potential of event-based architectures in geospatial applications (e.g. disaster management, environmental monitoring, or public security) and to set up a corresponding research agenda. Therefore, the first part of the workshop will consist of invited expert talks on event-based technologies and applications. Based on these inputs, several topics of interest will be identified and discussed in break-out groups in the afternoon. In a final session, the results of the break-out groups will be gathered and discussed to serve as input for a summarizing report. d using Geogames. It serves as a venue for sharing experiences and discussing technological challenges and solutions.

Organisers:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (contact), Simon Jirka, Matthes Rieke, (52°North GmbH), Andreas Wytzisk (University of Applied Sciences Bochum)
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Title:

Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience


Abstract:
The increased availability of geographic data (often in massive volumes) together with the advances in spatiotemporal data management, integration, analysis, and visualization present an emerging need and opportunity: how to transform these massive volumes of geographic data into meaningful information about places, events, activities, and interrelations. The integration of space, time, and semantics may provide the basis to infuse data with meaning and deepen our knowledge of elaborate natural and social systems and intricate interactions in space and time. This key research issue is also relevant to other cutting edge research themes such as Volunteered Geographic Information, Geospatial Semantic Web, semantic sensor networks, big data, linked data, etc. Context and granularity (spatial, temporal, and semantic) constitute additional dimensions of geographic data that are not fully explored and may provide valuable insights into this issue.

Organisers:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens), Christos Chalkias (Department of Geography, Harokopio University)

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Title:
Towards a sustainable development of the European GI S&T Body of Knowledge


Abstract:
Between 2013 and 2016 a consortium of 31 academic and non-academic partners from 25 countries worked together in the ‘Geographic Information – Need to Know (GI-N2K)’ project (540409-LLP-1-2013-1-BE-ERASMUS-ENW) to find a method to create and maintain a dynamic Body of Knowledge for Geographic Information Science & Technology (BoK GI S&T 2.0). More than 150 experts revised the ‘old’ BoK (UCGIS, 2006) defining new concepts - theories, methods, technologies … - and revising existing concepts in the geospatial field. A European ontology-based platform was developed to maintain the BoK in the future and to exploit its content, e.g. for designing curricula. The workshop will bring together interested partners from the academic and non-academic world to discuss the outputs and outcomes of the GI-N2K project; to assess and improve the maintenance process that has been set-up; to test the current process on a particular geospatial sub-area; to discuss the further improvements and consolidation of the maintenance process and the potential actions for the future.  

Organisers:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(KU Leuven), Marek Baranowski (AGILE council)

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