Technical Program

Abstracts Deadline Extended  5 May 2008


  1. Changing Earth - Global challenges and informatics based solutions

    Global change is one of the major challenges to society. New science enabled by geoinformatics helps us investigate the social and political impacts of global change, forecast and mitigate the effects of natural hazards and extreme events. It also provides tools to deal with challenges arising from anthropogenic influence and urbanisation, as well as natural processes affecting our environment (hydrology and water resources, atmosphere, ocean, ice). The emphasis of this session is tools and supercomputing in geoinformatics for the study of Earth systems and their application to the grand challenges to society caused by global change.

  2. What's new in geoinformatics research

    Geoinformatics is a rapidly evolving field. The application of web services allows new spatial data infrastructure developments. Complex and integrative applications are made possible by  mature ontologies and semantics. Collaborations on international or regional level create new community databases. New technology is used in local and regional applications. This session will showcase such  developments in geoinformatics research.

  3. Progress on significant geoinformatics ventures

    A number of significant geoinformation ventures such as GEOSS, One Geology, or the new European directive on geodata infrastructures (INSPIRE) including virtual observatories as well as the system of ICSU World Data Centres are facilitating use of geoinformatics in the broader geoscience community. This session is focussed on progress in international and other geoinformatics research programmes and knowledge transfer into education.

  4. Dealing with data

    “It’s all about data” is a common phrase in research in the 21st Century. This session is dedicated to questions arising from data reuse and repurposing. Contributions to this session discuss issues such as access to data and data exchange models, data integration and webservices, and questions arising from data quality management. The session is also intended to showcase best-practice examples of data management and discussions on what international databases are needed.

  5. Tools and services for the Geosciences

    Development in geoinformatics has created new tools for use in the geosciences. Among these are applications in geological mapping and databases, simulation and modelling techniques, and visualisation. These new tools are complemented by sensor networks, sensor web enablement, grid computing technology and workflow orchestration. Ontologies and semantic integration are seen as key technologies for the interoperability of these new tools. The theme of this session is the new tools and services for the geosciences offered by geoinformatics.

  6. Panel Discussions
    • Panel discussion: Community vs. Standards driven developments
    • Panel discussion: Globalisation of Geoinformatics – Developing Collaboration to Sustain Growth
    • Panel discussion: Closing session plenary discussion
  7. Keynote Lectures
    • Keynote: Future research directions in geoinformatics: Responding to societal changes
    • Keynote: Beyond Geoinformatics - globally integrating geoscience and geospatial data with other informatics domains
    • Keynote: Education and professional development in geoinformatics


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