MSc Thesis Topic: An LOD-Geocoding API and tool for Geonames

We are looking for a highly motivated Master student who would like to develop a Geonames geocoding tool and API for linked data in LIFE. Even though library and other data is being published as linked open data in LIFE, currently, spatial reference of this data is implicit in the form of strings. In LIFE, resources should be searchable by places in a gazetteer, such as Geonames.org, as linked open data (LOD). The master thesis should address requirements for such a tool and an API reusable in the library context, discuss and analyse available solutions, and the development of an easy-to-use geocoder.

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de) and the University Library (http://ulb.uni-muenster.de) at University of Münster.The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of research data and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data.

Interested students should contact Simon Scheider (simon.scheider@uni-muenster.de).

Posted Friday, April 26th, at 12:44 PM (∞). This post has comments.

MSc Thesis Topic: A LOD-Georeferencing tool for historic maps in LIFE

We are looking for a highly motivated Master student who would like to develop a georeferencing tool for historic maps published as linked data. Maps are currently scanned and catalogued in the ULB and the Institute for Comparative Urban History. There is a standard for cataloguing maps in all German libraries (“RAK Karten). However, most libraries are cataloging just the mandatory metadata fields, and fields for geographical coordinates are seldomly used. In LIFE, georeferencing results should be publishable in the form of linked open data (LOD) in order to allow seemless geographic search and retrieval of maps.

The master thesis should address requirements for such a tool in the library context, discuss and analyse available solutions in the context of LOD, and the development of an easy-to-use georeferencing tool for LIFE.

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de) and the University Library (http://ulb.uni-muenster.de) at University of Münster.The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of research data and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data.

Interested students should contact Simon Scheider (simon.scheider@uni-muenster.de).

Posted Wednesday, March 20th, at 12:07 PM (∞). This post has comments.

MSc Thesis Topic: Event construction principles and their efficient implementation

Temporally indexed data is fed into the Web by a growing number of technical and human environmental sensors.
A key challenge is to infer higher-level knowledge about occurrences, i.e., processes and events, from sensor observations. However, automating event inference from sensors requires not only efficient event computing methods, but also taking into account formal knowledge patterns about event inference rules and event construction principles. The latter vary from simple threshold approaches to complex unification approaches, taking into time lags and maximality constraints, compare [1].
The thesis is about proposing efficient (graph based) computational strategies for formal event construction  principles, as formalized in [1].
No prior knowledge about such formalisms is needed. However, there is an opportunity to get part of the implementation work funded in terms of a student position at the start of 2013.

Interested students should contact: Simon Scheider (simonscheider@web.de)

[1] http://www.geographicknowledge.de/pdf/eventconstruction

Posted Monday, December 17th, at 12:02 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Still open: Fully funded PhD Student Position in Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) Project

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de) and the University Library (http://ulb.uni-muenster.de) at University of Münster.

The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of research data and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data. The Linked Data approach will be used as a basis for the university library’s eScience services to seamlessly integrate their offerings into both the scientific and the global information infrastructure. These eScience services will enable researchers and students to systematically navigate the dynamic and heterogeneous global network of research data, exploiting spatio-temporal information for discovery and creating views meeting their information needs. LIFE is a research activity in the Linked Open Data University of Münster (LODUM, http://lodum.de) initiative that fosters exchanging scientific and educational data as Linked Data.

The Institute for Geoinformatics is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill a PhD student position in the project. The position is fully funded for two years at the TVL salary scale (TVL-E 13, ~40k € p.a. gross). The candidate is expected to join the graduate school for geoinformatics.

Application profile:

  • strong background in at least one of the following areas:
    • semantic web technologies / linked data
    • science 2.0 / open science
    • geographic information science (geoinformatics)
  • programming experience, especially in web development on an open source stack
  • interest in research challenges in the area of semantic interoperability and data integration
  • Master or Diploma in computer science, information science, geoinformatics, or a related field
  • German language skills are an asset, but not required initially.

The Institute for Geoinformatics offers an attractive, international and English-speaking work environment. Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@uni-muenster.de) in a single PDF file. Applications from women are encouraged and will be favored in case of equal qualification, competence and specific achievements. Preference will be given to disabled applicants in case of equivalent qualification.

The application process remains open until December 15, 2012 or until the position is filled.

Posted Wednesday, November 21st, at 2:27 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Join our team for the Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) project: 2 Positions in Geoinformatics at Post-Doc/PhD Student Level

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics and the University Library at University of Münster.

The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of spatio-temporal information and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data. The Linked Data approach will be used as a basis for the university library’s eScience services to seamlessly integrate their offerings into both the scientific and the global information infrastructure. These eScience services will enable researchers and students to systematically navigate the dynamic and heterogeneous global network of spatio- temporal information (discovery) and to create the relevant views (access) meeting their information needs. LIFE is a research activity in the Linked Open Data University of Münster (LODUM) initiative that fosters exchanging scientific and educational data as Linked Data.

The Institute for Geoinformatics is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill one position at the post-doc level and one at the PhD student level. Both positions are fully funded for two years, starting in January 2013. Salary levels are at the TVL salary scale (TVL-E 13 for the PhD student, ~40k EURO p.a. gross, and TVL-E 14 for the post-doc, ~45k EURO p.a. gross, commensurate with experience). The candidate filling the PhD student position is expected to join the graduate school for geoinformatics. The LIFE team will be completed by up to four student assistants.

Application profile for both openings:
- strong background in at least one of the following areas:
- geographic information science
- semantic web technologies / linked data o science 2.0 / open science
- programming experience, especially in web development on an open source stack
- interest in research challenges in the area of semantic
interoperability and data integration.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@uni-muenster.de) in a single PDF file. Applications from women are encouraged and will be favored in case of equal qualification, competence and specific achievements. Preference will be given to disabled applicants in case of equivalent qualification.

The application process remains open until October 15, 2012 or until the positions are filled.

Posted Tuesday, September 11th, at 9:51 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Demo and poster at ESWC2012

There will be a poster and a demo presented at the 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012) related to Linked Science and to the LODUM project:

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, at 5:23 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Gilberto Câmara from INPE will give a keynote at GIBDA2012

We are happy to announce that Gilberto Câmara, the Director of the Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) will give a keynote  at the Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012 (GIBDA2012) on September 18th, 2012. The workshop will be collocated with the seventh International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2012 (GIScience 2012).  

GIBDA2012 is organized by two current MUSIL members Tomi Kauppinen  and Carsten Keßler, an ex-MUSIL member Krzysztof Janowicz from the University of California and Dave Kolas from BBN Technologies. 

Posted Friday, April 13th, at 10:34 AM (∞). This post has comments.

The Triangle of Sustainability Awarded

A project “The Triangle of Sustainability” (in German “Dreieck der Nachhaltigkeit”) by  Thomas Bartoscheck and Tomi Kauppinen from the MUSIL Lab at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster was  awarded 8000€ and a Finalist Position and is competing for the first prize  in Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012, June 2–6, 2012, Lübeck, Germany.

The Triangle of Sustainability is an interactive show to explore observations about deforestation of rainforests and related phenomena such as road networks, political situation, and market prices of agricultural products on maps and timelines.  The Triangle thus connects three important aspects–ecological, economical and social–of sustainability. By doing this the Triangle serves as a show of what is achievable by  interconnecting different scientific assets via the Linked Science approach. The goal is to raise the awareness, and understanding of different factors of sustainability. The Triangle thus serves as an example of how the research field of Geoinformatics, and more generally Geographic Information Science can serve the society in these tasks.

The resulting information can be explored on three screens (see the figure above). The interaction is made extremely simple yet powerful, no additional tools are required for the participants. All the spatial and temporal information can be zoomed and panned simply by making gestures using hands.

The technological basis is built on the power of Linked Data techniques for semantically interconnecting these very heterogenous data about different environmental and social phenomena. The data used by the show is the Linked Brazilian Amazon Rainforest published at LinkedScience.org.

Posted Monday, April 2nd, at 10:18 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Data Challenge as part of the GIBDA2012

We announce a Data Challenge as a part of the Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012 (GIBDA2012). The winner will be awarded a $250 price sponsored by 52North and will present at the workshop, in Columbus, Ohio, USA. September 18th.

Here is a description of the Data Challenge:

The website spatial.linkedscience.org/ contains a growing collection of metadata for proceedings of conferences on topics related to geographic information science. So far, it contains most of the metadata for the GIScience, COSIT, ACM GIS, and AGILE conference series. Within the GIBDA Data Challenge, we are looking for

  • innovative analyses of the data
  • interactive visualizations
  • approaches for cleaning the data up
  • pattern and topic mining
  • enrichment and interlinking with other datasets (e.g., from the Linked Data cloud)
  • insights into GIScience as research field
  • adding social roles and aspects

The raw data can be queried via SPARQL using the SPARQL endpoint  spatial.linkedscience.org/sparql. Submissions to the data challenge are to be submitted through EasyChair as a brief description of the entry, along with a link to the demo/analysis/dataset. Entries to the challenge will be evaluated by the program committee based on innovativeness and potential impact. The winner will be awarded a $250 price sponsored by 52North and will present at the workshop. Submissions due: 18. June 2012, see GIBDA2012 Workshop pages for more details.

Organizers of the Data Challenge

Posted Monday, April 2nd, at 6:10 PM (∞). This post has comments.

Survey: Incentives for contributing to OpenStreetMap

We would like to invite you to participate in a survey on motivations and obstacles to contribute geographic information to OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. This survey consists of up to eighteen questions and will take approximately five to (less than) ten minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. We would like to encourage you to spread the word about the survey and to send the survey link to your peers. Anyone can participate, no background knowledge about OpenStreetMap is required. The study is part of a diploma thesis at the Institute for Geoinformatics of the University of Münster, Germany.

To take the survey, click the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WXBZ7LB

The same survey is also available in german:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSHWJ3M

Thank you in advance for your participation

Dominik Wilmsen
If you have additional questions, please contact me at wilmsend@gmail.com.

Posted Wednesday, March 14th, at 4:34 PM (∞). This post has comments.