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AGILE 2010

The 13th AGILE International Conference on
Geographic Information Science: "Geospatial Thinking".


All workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010, the day before the conference, at the same place as the main conference. Except "Workshop on Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time" that will start on Monday, May 10th, after lunch.

Workshop on Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time

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

Contact: Gennady Andrienko,

Workshop website:

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: This will be a two days workshop, starting on May 10th afternoon.

Workshop on spatial thinking

      UPDATE: This workshop was cancelled.

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 rise of Web 2.0 and lay-engagement with digital neo-geographies make understanding how we develop and encourage good spatial practice even more important.

Through the medium of this workshop and associated hands-on demonstrations and discussions, and subject to the papers submitted, we intend to consider some of the following questions:

  • How can we bring multiple perspectives on spatial thinking together to build a thread of common understanding on major definitions and issues, on which future work can be based?
  • How can we encourage spatial literacy amongst users of GIS? For example, what digital, electronic, mobile and laboratory - based tools can we bring together?
  • Can we design new and more intelligent user interfaces to GI or web mapping widgets that explicitly assist users to applying spatial thinking principles as they apply the functions of the software?
  • Are visual methods of value in encouraging spatial learning, or do they simply appeal largely to learners with extant visio-spatial strengths?

Contact: Diana Sinton, and Claire Jarvis,

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Persistent Testbed (PTB) Workshop

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 and 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.

Contact: Johannes Brauner,

Workshop on Movement Research: Are you in the flow?

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?

Contact: Monica Wachowicz,

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Workshop on GI-Education Mapping

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 on EduMapping Initiative results (Frans Rip)
       - Practical 1: Find the coordinates of a single GI course
       - Practical 2: Find the coordinates of a GI curriculum
   Lunch break
       - Discussion about morning results
       - Difficulties
       - Perspectives
       - How to continue

Contact: Frans Rip,



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