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Spatial Ontology Community of Practice Workshop: Development, Implementation and Use of GeoSpatial Ontologies and Semantics

Reston, VA Join this free workshop to be be held Dec. 3, 2010 at the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192 on from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. This workshop is organized by SOCoP (Spatial Ontology Community of Practice) with support from the USGS, Ontolog, and others.

The purpose of the workshop is to continue the discussion from the previous SOCoP workshops in advancing spatial ontologies and semantic tools in the geospatial data domain. The main theme of this 3rd iteration of the workshop is the current and future state of development, implementation, and use of geospatial semantics and ontologies in meeting organizational mission and program needs.

In addressing this theme, as at last year’s workshop, morning talks are planned along with an afternoon of small group roundtable discussions.  In addressing this theme, as at last year’s workshop, we anticipate having a morning of talks and an afternoon of small group roundtable discussions. This year's presentations will include on standards work such GeoSPARQL and Open Geospatial Consortium GeoSemantics, a Socop-Sameas Demonstration, and USGS Ontology for The National Map. In addition there will be a discussion about a National Science Foundation INTEROP Project which was recently awarded and which several Spatial Ontology Community of Practice members will participate in. This Project: “an Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing, Integration, and Interoperability” promises to be an exciting opportunity in developing and using ontologies, software tools, and collaboration methods to support geospatial data sharing, integration, and interoperation. Afternoon roundtable discussions will follow morning presentations.

See for the latest workshop schedule.

There is no charge for the workshop and more information about SOCoPand the workshop is available at Even though there will
be no charge for the Workshop, we ask attendees to register with SOCoP
to facilitate logistics and entry
into the USGS Building.

You can register for this free Workshop  by going to:

Any questions regarding the SOCoP Workshop can be addressed to Dr. Gary Berg-Cross via email:

Proceedings from last year’s Workshop complete with presentation slides and audio are available at:,