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We are currently planning a GeoVoCamp as follow-up to the Santa Barbara 2012 camp. The GeoVoCamp will take place in Dayton, Ohio on the 15-17th of September 2012 and will address geo-ontology design patterns. While we will discuss candidates for new geo-pattern, specify them based on real data, and implement them in breakout groups, we will also refine the geo-patterns for Path-Movement, Points Of Interest, Event-Change [1], and Stimulus-Sensor-Observation patterns [2] developed before and during the Santa Barbara GeoVoCamp. Hence, everybody is welcome to join! While previous experience in developing geo-patterns is useful it is not required to join the camp. Note that the GIScience 2012 conference will take place in Columbus, Ohio 18-21st of September - about 65 miles distance. There will also be a GIScience 2012 workshop on geo-semantics and big data on the 18th.


The Dayton 2012 GeoVoCamp will focus on the observation-driven engineering of geo-ontologies. Instead of working on an universal ontology for the Geosciences, we will work on small, self-contained, and reusable geo-ontology design patterns that can be used to annotate geo-data and, hence, increase retrieval and data interchange. We hope that this approach, and the ontology engineering stack proposed together with it [3], will support semantic interoperability without sacrificing semantic diversity which is especially important in the context of Big Geo Data. Geo-patterns have been proposed, developed, implemented, and used in various applications before. We will review and revise these patterns and relate them to the ontology design patterns proposed by the broader Semantic Web community [4]. Additionally, we will discuss new geo-patterns in breakout groups. Based on the experience from previous GeoVoCamps, we will be able to partially specify and implement those patterns during our meeting and relate them to real data and use cases. The camp will be followed-up with a longer process of polishing, documenting, implementing the patterns in OWL, and maintaining them. Every participant is most welcome to propose geo-patterns and present their work. To ensure that the meeting is productive, the organizers will prepare proto-patterns as starting points. Vocamps are very informal events, no registration, previous knowledge, nor commitments to invest work in the patterns after the meeting are required. Enjoy the atmosphere, discuss geo-semantics with your colleagues, and get your hands dirty in ontology engineering. We also welcome short lightning talks or technical demos.


The GeoVocamp will take place 15-17 September 2012. To ensure that the meeting is productive and we get some real outcomes we hope that you can stay for the full duration. We will start Saturday 2pm with a plenary meeting and will close the event at noon on Monday.


The event will take place at the Kno.e.sis Center at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Meetings will be in the Joshi building, room 292 (plenary), 299, 399, and 499 (for breakouts). The GeoVoCamp would kick off at 2 pm in room 292 Joshi research center on September 15, 2012. Directions to joshi research center are given below.

Further information about the locality, accomodation, travel, etc. will be forthcoming.

Feel free to contact our local coordinator Pascal Hitzler. For concrete questions concerning local organization issues, it is best to directly contact Amit Joshi.


Please add your name here to help us planning, you can change your mind at any time and also indicate whether you will participate for sure or just maybe. You can also indicate that you cannot make it but would like share thoughts and experience via the wiki. Due to the available rooms we have to limit the vocamp to 35 participants. The numbering does not imply any order but is just to help us counting. We will sort the list from time to time to put those that will be there for sure on top.


The program is not fixed and will remain flexible. The following schedule is just to give you a better impression of the structure of the GeoVocamp:

Saturday 15 September 2012
2:00pm - 2:40 Brief introduction, previous results, and round call
2:40pm - 3:00 Werner Kuhn on A formal Underpinning for Ontology Design Patterns (+ discussion)
3:00pm - 3:30 Set roadmap and decide on breakout groups (patterns and typing approaches)
3:30pm - 5:30 Breakout groups work on patterns and typing approaches
Dinner (at around 6pm) in House of Thai, 3230 Seajay Dr. Beavercreek, OH 45430, Tel: 937-429-2236
Sunday 16 September 2012
9:00am - 9:40 Present and discuss first thoughts and ideas
9:40am - 10:00 David Carral Martinez on A Logical Geo-Pattern for Quantifying over Types (+ discussion)
10:00pm - 12:00 Breakout groups work on patterns and typing approaches
12:00pm - 1:30 Lunch
1:30pm - 4:30 Breakout groups work on patterns and typing approaches
4:30pm - ~5:00 Reports from the groups
6pm -- Dinner (in small groups)
Monday 17 September 2012
9:00am - 9:30 Brief recap
9:30am - 12:00 Breakout groups work on patterns and typing approaches
12:00pm - 12:30 Reports from the groups
12:30pm - ~2:00 Documentation, discussion, lunch

[Do not worry, coffee and snacks will be available all the time; this is an informal event you can chat with your colleagues (and check your emails) at any time. Therefore, we will not have fixed coffee breaks.]


  1. Krzysztof Janowicz (jano) (UCSB) (general coordinator)
  2. Pascal Hitzler (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US) (local coordinator)
  3. Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP, US)
  4. Aldo Gangemi (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)
  5. Simon Scheider (University of Muenster, Germany)


(add your name)

  1. Yao-Yi Chiang, Information Sciences Institute and Spatial Sciences Institute at USC, US
  2. Leo Obrst, MITRE, US
  3. Mike Dean, Raytheon BBN Technologies, US
  4. Mark Schildhauer, NCEAS at UCSB, US
  5. Dalia E Varanka, USGS
  6. David Mark (State University of New York at Buffalo)
  7. Yingjie Hu (UCSB)
  8. Charles Vardeman, Center for Research Computing, University of Notre Dame, US
  9. Todd Pehle (Orbis Technologies, US)
  10. Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster, Germany)
  11. Shaleen Jain, University of Maine, US
  12. Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan (T. K. Prasad), Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  13. Pramod Anantharam, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  14. Sujan Udayanga, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  15. George Planansky, Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis, US

Not sure[edit]

  • Hook Hua, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bryce Nordgren, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
  • Anne Thessen, Marine Biological Laboratory, US
  • Gaurav Sinha, Ohio University, US

Would like to, but can't[edit]

Local Organization Team[edit]

  1. Raghava Mutharaju, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  2. Amit Krishna Joshi, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  3. David Carral Martinez, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  4. Kunal Sengupta, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  5. Adila Alfa Krisnadhi, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  6. Kalpa Gunaratna, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US
  7. Mark Heppner, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, US

Formed breakout groups[edit]

The participants formed the following groups:

  1. (Geographic) Scale and Resolution
  2. Semantic Trajectories
  3. Geology use case

Directions to Joshi Research Center[edit]

Joshi research center (JC in the map) is sandwiched between Russ engineering center(RC) and Student Union(SU). Map of the campus is at [5] and the google map at [6]. Knoesis center is located on the third floor of Joshi research center. Visitors should park their cars in lot 2 (visitor parking lot, close to SU in the map). Maps to other buildings and underground tunnels of the campus can be obtained from [7].

Local Accommodation[edit]

Walking Distance Hotels[edit]

  • Red Roof Inn Dayton - Fairborn/Nutter Center
2580 Colonel Glenn Highway Fairborn, OH 45324
Distance: 0.7 miles (14 minutes)
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  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Dayton-Fairborn (Wright Patterson)
2750 Presidential Dr., Fairborn, Ohio, 45324, US
Distance: 0.6 miles (12 minutes)
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  • Ramada Limited Fairborn
Distance: 5 minutes
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Reported booked out
  • Wingate by Wyndham Dayton
Distance: 5 minutes
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Reported booked out
  • Hampton Inn Dayton/Fairborn
Distance: 6 minutes
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Reported booked out

Driving Distance Hotels[edit]

Estimated cost to WSU by taxi: 25$

Estimated cost to the airport by taxi: 14$

  • Americas Best Value Inn
Distance: 13 miles (19 mins)
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  • Fairfield Inn By Marriott Dayton North
Distance: 13 miles (19 mins)
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Downtown Dayton Hotels[edit]

Estimated cost to WSU by taxi: 20$ (around 10 miles distance)

  • Crowne Plaza 33 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio United States 45402
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  • Dayton Grand Downtown - 11 South Ludlow, Dayton, Oh 45402 | Tel. (937) 461-4700
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Car pooling: Car pooling is available from this hotel to WSU. Please contact either or to get further details.

Directions to WSU using public tranport[edit]

The downtown hotels are connected to WSU through bus line number 1:

Go to RTA downtown hub station (Map) (2 minutes away from both hotels)
Take bus line 1 with direction Wright State University (25 minutes) and stop at Wright State University/Hamilton Hall
For more information about bus schedules visit RTA Transportation

Campus Residence Services[edit]

  • For a room or an apartment on campus contact
Campus lodging is cheap and very close to the venue

Local Transportation[edit]

Taxi Services[edit]

  • All America Taxi (937-610-0202)
  • Anytime Cab (937-228-5555)
  • Clean Cab (937-242-8779)

Regretfully, there is no public transportation from the airport to the university or Dayton downtown.

The taxi services provided cost around 2$/mile which may vary depending upon the number of passengers or other circumstances. The estimate cost from the airport to Wright State University is 45-50$ and 25-30$ to Dayton downtown.

Restaurants around Wright State[edit]

For a detailed list of all restaurants (including phones) within driving distance, please check Restaurants.

On Campus[edit]

Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
7:30 am to 9:00 pm (closed on weekends)
  • The Wright Cup (coffee, bakery, fruit...)
Monday 7:30 am to 11:00 pm (closed on weekends)

Campus Restaurants Map

Off Campus[edit]




  • El Rancho Grande Menu
  • Tik's Thai Express Menu
  • Texas RoadHouse Menu
  • The Flying Pizza Menu


Ontology Jokes[edit]

  • When Eva and Adam left paradise they adopted the clothed world assumption. (Werner)
  • What is more perdurant the clay or the statue it is made of? (Jano)


  • Kno.e.sis Center, Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio