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We have now completed SOCoP 2012 workshop and Geo-VoCamp as follow-up previous SOCoP workshops and VoCamps participated in by SOCoP members. The GeoVoCamp took place at the USGS National facility Nov 29-30 in Reston VA. The session was organized around 4 Work Groups made up of domain experts, group facilitators and people with semantic/ontological experience.

See SOCoP 2012 workshop page for updates on reports from the workshop.


Among the group topics was terrain and surface network concepts. This is a USGS effort to develop ontologies and ontology patterns useful in multifarious applications, such as environmental modeling and the Earth Sciences.

A 2nd topic dealth with water quality and concept of Stream Reach as an environmental or pollution site

A 3rd topic will deal with a general type of containment schema that involve behavior associated with an inside, an outside, a contained entity, possibly boundaries and contained space. A starter pattern for this design is being developed before the workshop and the focus of workgroup activity will be to consider examples of containment and data to instantiate a pattern. Connections to and use of GeoSPARQL will be considered as part of the spatial relations between containers, boundaries and containees.

A final topic is a group working to expand and flesh out the model of a Semantic Trajectory ontology pattern developed at the Dayton VoCamp to cover a broader range of data such as migrations, animal tracking and shipping.

While we will discuss candidates for new geo-pattern, specify them based on real data, and implement them in breakout groups, as time permits we may also refine the geo-patterns from prior VoCamps and employ them as relevant to help in the current topics. Candidates include Path-Movement, Points Of Interest, and Stimulus-Sensor-Observation patterns developed in earlier work.

While previous experience in developing geo-patterns and ontologies is useful it is not required to join the workshop and people are welcome to join, participate and observe.


Feel Free to contact our overall coordinator - Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP Secretary)

Registration Telepone Conference etc.[edit]

We had a formal registration process but attendees names are listed below.

There was a Webex and Tele conference broadcasts of the first morning's briefings.

The teleconference number was:

Phone number: 1-866-687-7995; Participant passcode is 3591681#

The Webex will be limited to 20 people and there is a separate registration process to control that number. To register for the WebEx go to WebEx registration

The overall program schedule was generally set as shown below:

Preliminary Schedule[edit]

Thursday Nov 29[edit]

9:00-9:10 Introductions, Welcome and Schedule Overview -John Moeller/Lynn Usery Auditorium: Note Morning session includes broadcast as a virtual meeting

9:10-9:30 Workshop Vision and Strategy - Gary Berg-Cross

9:30-10:00 Working Topics (Presented by Topic Leaders)

10:00-10:30 Brief Tutorial on Group Methods - Gary Berg-Cross

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Group organization and inductions - setting goals and process (Breakout Rooms)

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Networking - On your Own USGS Cafeteria

1:00-2:45 Group Work on Concepts, Vocabulary and Model (Breakout Rooms)

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:15 Group Work on Draft Models (Breakout Rooms)

4:15-5:00 Group Reports to the Whole - Auditorium includes broadcast as a virtual meeting

Post 5 – Groups may make arrangements for dinner on their own

Friday Nov 30[edit]

9:00-9:15 Updates, Q & A etc. (schedule etc.) Auditorium

9:15-10:45 Work Groups – draft final model & initial formalizations (Breakout Rooms)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Work Groups (Breakout Rooms)

12:15-1:15 Lunch and Networking - On your Own USGS Cafeteria

1:15-2:45 Firming up products and testing against data (Breakout Rooms)

2:45- 3:15 Prepare Report (Breakout Rooms)

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Group reports Auditorium (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting)

4:30-5:00 Wrap up Auditorium (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting)


  • Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP) (general coordinator)
  • Lynn Usery (USGS) (local coordinator)
  • Mike Dean (Raytheon BBN Technologies)
  • Todd Pehle (Orbis Technologies)
  • Gaurav Sinha (Ohio University)
  • Brian Wee (Neon, Inc.)


(add your name or contact to do it for you)

  1. Gary Berg-Cross
  2. John Moeller, SOCoP
  3. Dalia E Varanka, USGS
  4. George Planansky, CGA Harvard
  5. Charles Vardeman, CRC, University of Notre Dame
  6. Dave Kolas, Raytheon BBN Technologies
  7. E. Lynn Usery, U.S. Geological Survey
  8. Mike Dean, Raytheon BBN Technologies
  9. Anand Padmanabhan CyberGIS project manager
  10. Josh Lieberman Deloitte
  11. Kai Lui, GMU
  12. Gaurav Sinha, Ohio University
  13. David Mark, SUNY Buffalo
  14. Boleslo E. Romero, University of California, Santa Barbara
  15. James Sweet,
  16. Brian Eubanks, Build Software
  17. David Carral Martinez, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University
  18. Dave Smith, EPA
  19. Amanda Vizedom, Criticollab-Consultant
  20. Daniel Mekonnen, Algebraix Data Corporation
  21. Stanley C. Skrobialowski, USGS, Water Quality Group
  22. Michael Denny, The MITRE Corporation
  23. Doug Foxvog, UMBC/NIST

Note: addition people from the Lotico Washington Semantic Web group have indicated they will be attending at least part of the time. These include:

  • Ram C Singh
  • Chad Caulkins
  • Kristen
  • Eileen Daley (Top Quadrant)
  • Timothy A Zimmerlin
  • Pavithra Kenjige
  • Billy Schwarting

Would Like to but Not sure[edit]

  • Todd Pehle, Orbis Technologies

Would like to, but can't[edit]

  • Brian Wee (Neon, Inc.)
  • Michael Worboys, University of Maine
  • Torsten Hahman, University of Toronto
  • Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Formed breakout groups[edit]

The following represent core participants committed to the following groups:

  • Terrain Group {nid 3ISZ}
    • Doug Foxvog, UMBC/NIST
    • Dave Kolas, Raytheon BBN Technologies
    • David Mark, SUNY Buffalo
    • Daniel Mekonnen, Algebraix Data Corporation
    • Anand Padmanabhan, UIUC
    • Boleslo E Romero, UCSB
    • Gaurav Sinha, Ohio University
    • E. Lynn Usery, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Containment Group
    • Gary Berg-Cross and Doug Foxvog (NIST)
    • Werner Kuhn and Torsten Hahmann participating in development but cannot attend. Michael Worboys and Todd Pehle wre interested but could not attend
  • Water Quality
    • Amanda Vizedom
    • Charles Vardeman, CRC, University of Notre Dame
    • Gary Berg-Cross
    • John Moeller
    • Dalia Varanla
    • Kai Liu GMU
    • Brian Wee participating in development but could not attend.
  • Semantic Trajectory
    • Mike Dean - list still being finalizes
    • Dalia Varanla
    • George Planansky, CGA Harvard
    • David Carral Martinez, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University
    • Michael Denny, The MITRE Corporation

See for working groups and slides of products

Address and Directions[edit]

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192

Directions to the USGS from the Beltway (I-495): Take the Dulles Toll Road west to exit 12, Reston Parkway. Turn left (south) onto Reston Parkway. At second light, turn right onto Sunrise Valley Drive and at second light, turn left at USGS Drive. A sign will indicate visitors parking.

To get to the USGS by Metrobus and Metrorail: A bus comes to the USGS from the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line). For exact information regarding bus number, fares, and times of departure, call 202-637-7000 .

Admission to the USGS building:

Follow signs from the Visitors Parking. All visitors must enter at the Visitors Entrance and pass through a security screening process. All packages, briefcases, handbags, etc. will be scanned. Visitors must sign in and present a picture identification, such as a State driver’s license. The guard will then issue a visitor’s badge that must be worn at all times.

Local Accommodation[edit]

Westin Reston Heights 4.0 of 5 $103 and up. 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Homestead Studio Suites 12190 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 2.0 of 5 $81 and up

Hampton Inn & Suites Herndon-Reston (rated 2.5 of 5 by TripAdvisor) 435 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170

Nearby Hotels[edit]

Hyatt Regency Reston (rated 4.0 of 5 on TripAdvisor) but expensive. Listed at $128 and up but might be closer to $150 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190