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Paper Title:
Location and the Web (LocWeb 2008)

Authors:

  • Susanne Boll(University of Oldenburg)
  • Christopher Jones(Cardiff University)
  • Eric Kansa(University of California, Berkeley)
  • Puneet Kishor(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Mor Naaman(Yahoo! Inc.)
  • Ross Purves(University of Zurich )
  • Arno Scharl(MODUL University Vienna)
  • Erik Wilde(University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract:
The World Wide Web has become the world's largest networked information resource, but references to geographical locations remain unstructured and typically implicit in nature. This lack of explicit spatial knowledge within the Web makes it difficult to service user needs for location-specific information. At present, spatial knowledge is hidden in many small information fragments such as addresses on Web pages, annotated photos with GPS coordinates, geographic mapping applications, and geotags in usergenerated content. Several emerging formats that primarily or secondarily include location metadata, like GeoRSS, KML, and microformats, aim to improve this state of affairs. However, the question remains how to extract, index, mine, find, view, mashup, and exploit Web content using its location semantics. This workshop brings together researchers from academia and industry labs to discuss and present the latest results and trends in all facets of the relationships between location concepts and Web information.

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