5th International Conference on Information Society and Technology (ICIST 2015)

Special sessions

Special session on: Open Data and Geographical Information System applications (ODaGIS)

Chaired by:

  • Phil Archer, W3C Data Activity Lead, W3C/ERCIM (France) (phila@w3.org)
  • Jens Lehmann, AKWS Group Leader, Institute of Computer Science, University of Leipzig (Germany) (lehmann@informatik.uni-leipzig.de)
  • Valentina Janev, Senior Researcher, Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, University of Belgrade (Serbia) (valentina.janev@pupin.rs)

Supported by:
GeoKnow project
SHARE-PSI project


In the last five years, the global Open Government Data initiatives, such as the Open Government Partnership, have helped to open up governmental data for the public, by insisting on non-sensitive information, such as core public data on transport, education, infrastructure, health, environment, etc. Additionally, the European Commission has made considerable investments to improve efficiency in the provision of public services, to increase transparency, to define better strategies for delivering large amounts of trusted data to the public and to improve interoperability. In the past years Republic of Serbia has focused clearly on improved governance through measures increasing transparency, accountability, and integrity.

"Data is truly open if it is technically open (available in a machine-readable standard format, which means it can be retrieved and meaningfully processed by a computer application) and legally open (explicitly licensed in a way that permits commercial and non-commercial use and re-use without restrictions)" [World Bank Group].

A large part of data we deal with on a daily basis is geo-referenced. Furthermore, the geographic information plays an important role in many organizations as considerable number of commercial services is based on geospatial data. Therefore, the Open Data trend will likely have an impact on the availability and use of geospatial information.

Taking into consideration the Open Data activities of government, scientific and commercial organizations throughout Europe, this session will address topics related to:

  • open data use and re-use
  • concepts, algorithms and software frameworks that enable to combine and manipulate geographic information with other open data about transport, education, health, environment, etc;
  • emerging trends, novel methodologies and approaches that improve (semantic) interoperability, interlinking and reuse of open data in public and also commercial services;
  • Semantic Web tools and standards (RDF, SPARQL, GeoSPARQL) and the benefits of semantic technology for spatial metadata and data management
  • scenario-based analysis, studies, practical experiences and applications and also work in progress solutions based on public datasets and crowdsourced geospatial data (e.g. OpenStreetMap, GeoNames)
  • legal, social, economic, technical, organisation and political dimensions of open data publication and re-use.

For providing a forum for sharing novel ideas, OD & GIS session welcomes a broad spectrum of contributions, including: Full research papers, position papers, case studies or evaluations. Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished contributions related to the aforementioned topics.