Visualizing and Animating Large-scale Spatiotemporal Data with ELBAR Explorer

Visual exploration of data enables users and analysts observe interesting patterns that can trigger new research for further investigation. With the increasing availability of Linked Data, facilitating support for making sense of the data via visual exploration tools for hypothesis generation is critical. Time and space play important roles in this because of their ability to illustrate dynamicity, from a spatial context. Yet, Linked Data visualization approaches typically have not made efficient use of time and space together, apart from typical rather static multivisualization approaches and mashups. We developed ELBAR explorer that visualizes a vast amount of scientific observational data about the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The core contribution is a novel mechanism for animating between the different observed values, thus illustrating the observed changes themselves.

ELBAR-explorer will be demoed at ISWC2014 in October, 2014. The following paper will give more details:

Announcement: program of Geographic Information Observatories 2014, Vienna

We are happy to announce the program of the Workshop on Geographic Information Observatories 2014 to be organized at GIScience 2014 on September 23rd, 2014 in Vienna:

  • 08:30 – 09:00    Registration / Welcome to GIO2014
  • 09:00 – 09:15    Intro
  • 09:15 – 10:00    Keynote I: (Chair: Ben Adams)
    • Brent Hecht.The Mining and Application of Diverse Cultural Perspectives in Volunteered Geographic Information and User-Generated Content
  • 10:00 – 10:30    Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 11:15   Paper session I (10+5min per speaker) (Chair: Grant McKenzie)
    • Andrea Ballatore. Exploring the geographic information universe: The role of search technologies
    • Benjamin Adams, Mark Gahegan, Prashant Gupta and Richard Hosking. Geographic Information Observatories for Supporting Science
    • André Bruggmann and Sara Irina Fabrikant. Spatializing a Digital Text Archive about History
  • 11:15 – 12:30    Observatory Demos and Panel (Chair: Krzysztof Janowicz)
  • 12:30 – 13:30    Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:15    Keynote II: (Chair: Krzysztof Janowicz)
    • Sven Schade.‘Post-Normal’ Geospatial Science
  • 14:15 – 15:00    Paper session II (10+5min per speaker) (Chair: Tomi Kauppinen)
    • Auriol Degbelo and Werner Kuhn. Five General Properties of Resolution
    • Heidelinde Hobel and Andrew U. Frank. Exploiting Linked Spatial Data and Granularity Transformations
    • Bandana Kar and Rina Ghose. Is My Information Private? Geo-Privacy in the World of Social Media
  • 15:00 – 15:30    Discussion about kinds of GIO (incl. infrastructure, community involvement, funding) (Chair: Ben Adams)
  • 15:30 – 16:00    Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 17:00    Break out groups on GIO research agenda (Chair: Tomi Kauppinen)
  • 17:00 – 17:30    Wrap-up of the results of the groups / joint writing  (Chair: Grant McKenzie)
  • 18:00 – 20:00    All-Workshop Icebreaker

Registration for the workshop and the conference is now open at the GIScience2014 web site (early bird until August 11th, 2014).

The workshop on Geographic Information Observatories 2014 is organized by Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), Ben Adams (University of Auckland, NZ), Grant McKenzie (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and
Tomi Kauppinen (University of Bremen, Germany and Aalto University School of Science, Finland)