Discovering Geographic Knowledge 
In Data Rich Environments 

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Call for Participation

Discovering Geographic Knowledge in Data-Rich Environments

Redmond, Washington
March 18-20, 1999

Project Varenius of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) is seeking interested researchers to participate in a 3-day specialists meeting on Discovering Geographic Knowledge in Data-Rich Environments. The meeting will be held March 18-20, 1999, at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. The purpose of the workshop is to identify and prioritize a research agenda for the topic.  The structure of the meeting will be a combination of plenary sessions to identify and debate major issues and directions, and small-group discussions about more specific topics. Partial or full support for lodging and travel to the meeting may be available to participants.

Initiative Description

Digital geographic datasets are growing exponentially and under such activities as the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, the launching of new satellite systems with higher resolutions, and the day-to-day collection of digital imagery, video, and sound. Society has changed from being data-poor to data-rich, while our techniques for deriving knowledge from the data in an analytical context have remained inferential in nature. The problem has now become not finding the data, but filtering through large volumes of data to finding meaningful geographic knowledge. At the same time, the types of datasets available are changing from the traditional vector and raster sets, to include such data types as video and audio, and the location of where these data were collected. We must overcome these limitations and develop new approaches and methods that focus upon separating the relevant from the irrelevant, the meaningful from the background noise. The goal of this initiative is to find new automated methods for filtering large amounts of raw geographic data into more user-consumable forms of knowledge. This includes: Proposals to participate in the workshop should consist of three parts:
  1. a brief indication of why you want to participate in the meeting, why you are interested, and/or what you would contribute (1 page);
  2. a position statement or research abstract, describing a particular element of or perspective on the topic (2-3 pages); and
  3. a brief curriculum vitae with up to five (5) selected publications most relevant to the topic (1 page).
Proposals should be in one of the following formats (ordered by preference): All submissions will be reviewed by Initiative co-Leaders and by the Steering Committee.  Participation in the workshop will be limited to 25-35.

Important dates

Deadline for receiving applications: January 18, 1999
Notification of acceptance: February 1, 1999
Specialist meeting: March 18-20, 1999