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Where, When and How[edit]

We have now started organizing a SOCoP 2014 workshop and Geo-VoCamp as follow-up to previous SOCoP workshops and VoCamps participated in by SOCoP members.

The GeoVoCamp will take place at the USGS National facility Dec. 1-3 (starting at 12:30 on Dec 1) in Reston VA. The session will start in the Dallas Peck Auditorium and be organized into breakouts around 3- 4 Work Groups made up of domain experts, group facilitators and people with semantic/ontological experience.

More details will be available in mid-Nov. Currently 3 workgroup topics have been developed.

We thank the USGS for providing space and support for this event held at the USG facility in Reston VA. As with previous workshops this will be organized around volunteer Work Groups. A focus has been continuation and expansion of work from prior workshops including work on Ontology Design Patterns and the Descartes Core started on in 2012. New topics such as a Settings pattern are started at particular meetings based on the interest of the participants.

While this is a face-to-face workshop we do offer some remote access and indeed one remote presentation of the Descartes Core concept is planned. Here are the details for remote access of the plenary sessions, starting with the first afternoon.

Sign up (20 spaces available for) Spatial Ontology Community of Practice Workshop Mon Dec 1, 2014 12:30pm – 5pm (EST)

Meeting number: 717 875 206 Meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting.

Although no login account is required to use Webex to attend a meeting, you will need to supply your name, email address, and a meeting password (if provided) to join the meeting.

When it is time to attend the meeting, please visit this link:

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

For the Tuesday, December 2, 2014, to Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Time: 8:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) We have a differnt number but the process is the same - no login account is required to use Webex to attend a meeting, you will need to supply your name, email address, and a meeting password (if provided) to join the meeting.

Meeting number: 717 641 381 Meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

When it is time to attend the Tuesday or Wed. meeting, please visit this link:

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

  • Please* check and prepare your computer a day or two

in advance of the meeting as follows: 1. Start your web browser 2. Visit 3. Select Setup / Meeting manager (left side of page)

For Help with WebEx - WebEx setup help: 1-866-229-3239 - Info:, click USGS Help (at left) - USGS account questions:

People interested in knowing more about this workshop can email local organizer Gary Berg-Cross (

What Topics[edit]

Topics are proposed by attendees and may or may not be adopted depending on interest. There are some efforts already underway that will continue as organized groups.

One of this is the effort by a group of people devoted to modeling ontology design patterns for key notions related to an NSF EarthCube project, as follow-up of the OceanLink work. This modeling session is open for everybody. Contact Pascal Hitzler, Krzysztof Janowicz or Adila Krisnadhi for details.

We (Torsten Lynn and Dalia) will continue with topics in the USGS realm and the development of an ontology for contour maps that captures key notions such as contour lines, areas bounded by contours, and the relationships between them, that we started at the last GeoVoCamp in Madison in June 2014. This ontology exhibits strong connections to existing ontologies and ontology patterns, including qualitative ontologies of space, surface terrain and surface water networks, and measurements.

Previous groups have discussed “Surface Water” - how water sits in terrain. This was an expansion of the GeoVoCampDC2012 terrain and surface network concepts work. The new work will integrate contour maps with the surface network and the terrain pattern - it is expected to make a nice package (the group already identified some connection to surface water).This work builds on a USGS effort to develop ontologies and ontology patterns useful in multifarious applications, such as environmental modeling and the Earth Sciences.

A third topic which has been proposed (Chuck Vardemann & David Carral) concerns extension to the Sensor-Stimulus Observation (see The extended pattern would be used for “Computational Observations.”

Other topics are welcome but should have the support of an advocate to help research the topic, present the idea and recruit participants.



  1. Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP) (general & local coordinator)
  2. Krzysztof Janowicz (jano) (UCSB)
  3. Pascal Hitzler (Wright State University, US)
  4. Gaurav Sinha (Ohio University)
  5. Charles F. Vardeman (University of Notre Dame)
  6. Lynn Usery (USGS)
  7. Torsten Hahmann (University of Maine)

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


(add your name)

  1. Dr. Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP)
  2. Lynn Usery (USGS)
  3. Michelle Cheatham (Wright State University)
  4. Pascal Hitzler (Wright State University)
  5. Adila Krisnadhi (Wright State University)
  6. Doug Fils (Consortium for Ocean Leadership)
  7. Bob Arko (LDEO, Columbia University)
  8. Charles F. Vardeman II (University of Notre Dame)
  9. Lamar Henderson (Co-Chair Building Life-Cycle/BIM Ontology Project buildingSMART alliance, National Institute of Building Sciences
  10. William H. Sweet Jr. (The MITRE Corporation)
  11. Torsten Hahmann (U of Maine)
  12. Dalia Varanka (USGS)
  13. Emily S. Law (NASA JPL)
  14. Brandon Whitehead, (GISP Centre for eResearch & School of Environment, The University of Auckland)
  15. Audrey Mickle (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  16. Dave Kolas (Raytheon BBN)
  17. Adam Shepherd (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  18. Cyndy Chandler (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  19. Yingjie Hu (UCSB)
  20. Josh Lieberman (Harvard CGA)
  21. John (EBo) David (SSAI/NASA-GFSC, IUCN-CEM)
  22. David Carral (Wright State University)
  23. Peng Ji (LDEO, Columbia University)
  24. ......

Not sure[edit]

Some may be remote

  1. Krzysztof Janowicz (UCSB)
  2. Scott Peckham (University of Colorado Boulder)
  3. Tom Narock (Marymount U)
  4. Leo J Obrst (MITRE)
  5. ....

In Fond Rememberance: Our Friend and Colleague, who is greatly Missed[edit]

Mike Dean

Would like to participate remotely[edit]

  1. kostis kyzirakos (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, CWI)
  2. Simon.Cox (csiro, au)
  3. Nancy Wiegand (U of Wisconsin)
  4. Shaowei Yang (GMU)
  5. ..

Would like to, but can't[edit]

(add your name)

  1. Dr. Gaurav Sinha (Ohio University)
  2. Adam Leadbetter (Vocabularies Manager, British Oceanographic Data Centre)?
  3. Bo Romero (UCSB)
  4. ...

Local Organization Team[edit]

  1. Gary Berg-Cross (SOCoP)
  2. Lynn Usery (USGS)


We will generally follow the same general timetable as the 2012 meeting at USGS.

Agenda Monday Afternoon, Dec. 1[edit]

12:30-1:00 Welcome, Introductions, Logistics and Schedule Overview – Peck Auditorium: Note – This session includes WebEx as a virtual meeting

1:00- 1:20 Workshop Vision and Strategy- Gary Berg-Cross

1:20 -2:30 Working Topics (Presented by Topic Leaders)

  1. Torsten Hahmann - Contour
  2. Charles F. Vardeman - Computational Observations
  3. Krzysztof Janowicz - GeoLink topic Instrument-Measure Model Station Model
  4. John (Ebo) David Hierarchical Patch Dynamics Hierarchical Patch Dynamics
  5. Gary Berg-Cross - Observations Data Model

2:30-2:45 Brief Recap on Group Methods- Gary Berg-Cross

2:45- 3:00 Break (note, if group decide we may give more time for organization and less for summary)

3:00-4:10 Group organization and introductions - setting goals and process Breakout Rooms

4:10-5:00 Group Reports to the Whole – Peck Auditorium as a virtual meeting

5 PM – Groups may make arrangements for dinner on their own. We have used Clyde's restaurant in Reston.

Tuesday Dec. 2[edit]

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

9:15-10:45 Group Work on Concepts, Vocabulary and Model (Breakout Rooms)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Group Work on Draft Models (Breakout Rooms)

12:15 -1:15 Lunch and Networking – USGS has a cafeteria

1:15- 2:45 Work Groups – draft final model (Breakout Rooms)

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

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Descartes Core briefing by Krzysztof Janowicz and Group reports Peck Auditorium (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting). These are interim reports and final reports will be posted after Wed. wrap up.


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

5+ Anyone want to organize a group dinner??? Clyde’s is default.

Wed. Dec. 3[edit]

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

9:15- 9:45 Torsten Hahmann (National Center for Geographic Information & Analysis School of Computing and Information Science University of Maine) presentation Some Thoughts on Ontology and Pattern Development

9:45-10:45 Work Groups test model with data (Breakout Rooms)

10:45-11:00 Break (USGS cafeteria)

11:00-12:00 Work Groups initial formalizations (Breakout Rooms)  

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

1:00 - 2:20 Firming up products and alignments(Breakout Rooms)

2:20- 3:00 Presentation Reports 7 general Wrap up & Peck Auditorium (Broadcast as Virtual Meeting)

  1. Pascal Hitzler (GeoLink summary)
  2. Chuck Varderman ( Computational Models and Attribute Outputs)
  3. Torsten Hahmann (Contours, Surface Networks and Surface Water)

 (Briefings will be linked to the site after the workshop as groups complete their work.) 3:00 -5:00 GeoLink wrap up.

Ontological Humor[edit]

A VoCamp tradition includes informal development of some humorous examples. Usually this happens naturally at part of group conversations at dinner and includes reflection on some of the topics as well as the great ontology game in context (including ironies) as well as ontology particulars.

This year we had 2 sets which are On-to-Humor and On-to-more Humor

Directions to USGS[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 Accommodations[edit]

As in previous years choices include: The Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191 is where most of our visitors have stayed. There is a free shuttle to USGS on the half hour and you can call for pickup at nearby restaurants (~ mile limit so check carefully.

Others 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

Other Nearby Hotels

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

Of course if you have friends in the area they may have some space for you..