The purpose of this workshop is to bring together the growing community of researchers and practitioners working in the field of geographic information retrieval to discuss further progress within the field and potential future research strands. Examples of topics that are particularly relevant include, but are not confined to:

  • user needs and studies for geographic search;
  • architectures for geographic search engines;
  • spatial indexing of documents and images;
  • extraction of geographical context from documents and geo-datasets;
  • geographical annotation techniques for geo-referenced documents and images;
  • design, construction, maintenance and access methods for geographical ontologies, gazetteers and geographical thesauri;
  • geographical query interfaces for the web and geo-spatial libraries;
  • geographic information question/ answering services;
  • dealing with natural language in geographic information retrieval;
  • visualising of the results of geographic searches;
  • relevance ranking for geographical search; and
  • evaluation of the results of geographical search.

We invite the submission of papers of up to 8 pages for presentation as long papers (30 minutes) and 2 page short abstracts reporting on work in progress for short presentations (20 minutes). All submissions will be reviewed by three members of the program committee, and all accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.