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ACMSIGSPATIAL Newsletter covers P-KAR Workshop

The P-KAR Workshop report was included in the ACMSIGSPATIAL Special latest newsletter. It will also appear on the ACM digital library once ACM converts the newsletter.

Annual Progress Workshop (2012) Report

Our Annual Progress Workshop 2012 was held on Friday 26, October 2012, at the University of Melbourne. It was a very interesting and productive meeting, where academic partners had the opportunity to present their work on the project so far, and industry partners showcased their relevant activities, and expressed their ideas and needs for the upcoming year. You can find a compilation of the academic presentations here. The workshop ended with a break-out session, during which three groups with mixed participants were formed and discussed on specific issues, brainstorming on ideas and questions to be answered through the project. You can find the compiled report of the break-out sessions here.

Annual Progress Workshop (2012)

Our Annual “Talking about Place” Workshop will take place this Friday 26, at the University of Melbourne. This is an opportunity for academic and industry team members alike to interact, discuss and brainstorm on issues related to our project. Please find the event details below. We are looking forward to productive workshop!

Event details
Date: Friday 26, October
Time:  9:30am – 12:30 pm with lunch to follow (12:45pm – 2:00pm).
Location: Jim Potter Room, in the Old Physics building, University of Melbourne.
Draft Program
09:30 – 10:00 : Welcome with some coffee/tea
10:00 – 10:15 : Setting the Scene (Stephan Winter)
10:15 – 11:00 : Progress presentations (academics: Tim Baldwin, Kai-Florian Richter, Maria Vasardani, Harry Gaitanis, Marie Truelove, Keith Chan, Nilofer Tambuwala)
11:00 – 11:45 : Industry partners’ presentations (PSMA, ESTA, DSE)
11:45 – 12:15 : Break out session – Identifying future research questions
12:15 – 12:30 : Plenum
12:45 – 14:00: Lunch at the University House, University of Melbourne.

P-KAR Workshop Proceedings and Report

The report from the Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research (P-KAR 2012) workshop that was held on August 31, in conjunction with Spatial Cognition 2012, can be downloaded here.

The proceedings of the workshop are available online here.

Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research Workshop (P-KAR 2012)

Our academic project team, in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, UK and the University of California, Santa Barbara, US, is organizing the workshop in conjunction with the Spatial Cognition Conference 2012, in Germany. For more information about the “Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research” (P-KAR) workshop, please visit our page, P-KAR.

UNSDI Gazetteer Project Science and Technical Advisory Group

Stephan Winter joined the UNSDI Gazetteer Project Science and Technical Advisory Group. The project will develop a common gazetteer framework for Indonesia, and address the challenges of multiple gazetteers in use for geocoding.

PhD students recruiting

The project is recruiting PhD students in Geographic Information Science, Computational Linguistics, and Linguistics. Read more.


Tell Us Where mobile application


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This project will develop a novel, interdisciplinary approach to automatically interpret human place descriptions. It will develop methods to capture placenames with their meaning — their true location — for smarter databases and automatic interpretation procedures. The acquired knowledge will be an important step forward for data custodians and for service users.

This website will report about progresses of this initiative.