4th International Workshop on Geospatial Linked Data at ESWC 2021

Call for Papers   Submission   Committee

Important Dates

Submission deadline:

March 1st, 2021 – 23:59

Notification of acceptance:

March 31st, 2021 – 23:59

Camera-ready version due:

April 9th, 2021 – 23:59

“When we see the power of integrating geospatial data with other data, that’s when we see real potential.”

Nadine Alameh, chief executive officer, Open Geospatial Consortium (The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Call for Papers and topics

Geospatial data is vital for both traditional applications like navigation, logistics, and tourism and emerging areas like autonomous vehicles, smart buildings and GIS on demand. Spatial linked data has recently transitioned from experimental prototypes to national infrastructure. However the next generation of spatial knowledge graphs will integrate multiple spatial datasets with the large number of general datasets that contain some geospatial references (e.g., DBpedia, Wikidata). This integration, either on the public Web or within organizations has immense socio-economic as well as academic benefits. The upsurge in Linked data related presentations in the recent Eurogeographics data quality workshop shows the deep interest in Geospatial Linked Data (GLD) in national mapping agencies. GLD enables a web-based, interoperable geospatial infrastructure. This is especially relevant for delivering the INSPIRE directive in Europe. Moreover, geospatial information systems benefit from Linked Data principles in building the next generation of spatial data applications e.g., federated smart buildings, self-piloted vehicles, delivery drones or automated local authority services.

This workshop invites papers covering the challenges and solutions for handling with GLD, especially for building high quality, adaptable, geospatial infrastructures and next-generation spatial applications. We aim to demonstrate the latest approaches and implementations and to discuss the solutions to challenges and issues arising from research and industrial organizations.

The best papers will be invited to submit their extended version to the special issue in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information Semantic Spatial Web.

Interoperability and Integration

  • Geospatial Linked Data vocabularies and standards (GeoSPARQL, INSPIRE, W3C, OGC)
  • Extraction/transformation of Geospatial Linked Data from native geospatial data sources
  • Integration (schema mapping, interlinking, fusion) techniques for Geospatial RDF Data
  • Enrichment, quality and evolution of Linked Data with Geospatial information
  • Machine Learning improving Geospatial Linked Data processing

Big Geospatial Data Management

  • Distributed solutions for Geospatial Linked Data management (storing, querying, mapping)
  • Algorithms and tools for large scale, scalable Geospatial Linked Data management
  • Efficient Indexing and Querying of Geospatial Linked Data
  • Geospatial-specific Reasoning on RDF Data
  • Ranking techniques on querying Geospatial RDF Data
  • Advanced querying capabilities on Geospatial RDF Data

Utilization of Geospatial Linked Data

  • Benchmarking of Geospatial Linked Data applications
  • Geospatial Linked Data in social web platforms and applications
  • Visualization models/interfaces for browsing/authoring/querying Geospatial Linked Data
  • Real world applications/use cases/paradigms using Geospatial Linked Data
  • Evaluation/comparison of tools/libraries/frameworks for Geospatial Linked Data

Submission instructions

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:​​​​​​​

  • Long papers (up to 12 pages): Presenting novel scientific research pertaining to geospatial Linked Data.
  • Short papers (up to 6 pages): Position papers, System, Library, API and Dataset descriptions, relevant to the topics of interest.
  • Demo/Tutorial papers (up to 4 pages): Describe a demo or hands-on tutorial of a tool on the workshop topics.

Submissions must be in English formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions. We accept PDF submissions as well as HTML submissions in RASH or dokieli.
Papers must be submitted through the EasyChair system no later than midnight March 1st, 2021, Hawaii Time. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the workshop program committee. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
The complete set of papers will be published with the CEUR Workshop Proceedings ( and listed by the DBLP.
The best papers will be invited to submit their extended version to the special issue in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information Semantic Spatial Web which is edited by the organizers of this workshop.


To be announced

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee consists of the following members:

Dr. Beyza Yaman (ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland)


Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Sherif (University of Paderborn, Germany)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Armin Haller (Australian National University, Australia)

Prof. Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo (University of Paderborn, Germany)

Dr. Konstantina Bareta, Marine Traffic, Greece
Dr. Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Sergio José Rodríguez Méndez, Australian National University, Australia
Dr. Giorgos Giannopoulos, Athena Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Greece
Dr. Matthias Wauer, AKSW, University of Leipzig, Germany
Eamonn Clinton, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Ireland
Dr. Kris McGlinn, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Anuj Singh, GeoPhy, The Netherlands
Kevin Dreßler, DICE research group, University of Paderborn, Germany
Abdullah Fathi Ahmed, University of Leipzig, Germany
Hamada Zahera, University of Paderborn, Germany
Dr. Milos Jovanovik, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, N. Macedonia
Adrian Wilke, DICE research group, University of Paderborn, Germany
Mirko Spasić, OpenLink Software, UK
Dr. Nicholas Car, Surround Australia, Australia
Bart van Leeuwen, Netage B. v., The Netherlands
Dr. Erwin Folmer, Kadaster, University of Twente, The Netherlands
María Elena Alvarado, GNOSS, Spain
Dr. Peter Mooney, Maynooth University, Ireland
Dr. Rob Brennan, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland
Dr. Brian Davis, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland
Dr. Pasquale Di Donato, swisstopo/COGIS, Switzerland
Dr. Benedicte Bucher, University Gustave Eiffel, IGN, EuroSDR
Dr. Ricardo Alonso Maturana, GNOSS, Spain
Johannes Lipp, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

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