Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Michael Liebhold
Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future

Spatial data foundations for sensor applications
on the World Wide Web

Wednesday – February 14, 2007
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Over time, data from many distributed and diverse sensor networks will be applied in combination to support modeling and analysis within of many meta-scale problems, like oceanic biology, complex ecologies, manufacturing and logistics, emergency planning and response, and public health. Most of the technical challenges to enable interoperability among data from different sources can be addressed by a Semantic Web, a technology enabling information exchange by putting data with computer-processable meaning (semantics) on the World Wide Web. For the world-wide sensor web to function, a data processing engine must be able to automatically parse data stored in different computers and to understand their meaning. 

Of the multiple semantic processes required for data exchange, processing based on location is fundamental. In this talk I'll describe how a geospatial web, inhabited by spatially tagged hypermedia as well as digital map geodata will evolve as a foundation for analysis, modeling and visualization of sensor data.

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