Collaborative Geo-Decisions

Developing geospatial open knowledge networking tools and processes
to support
multi-stakeholder collaboratives in regional environmental planning and design

Imagine a world... which we harness the innovations of information technology and social learning to solve humanity’s existential challenges. Addressing environmental challenges requires cooperation across sectors, boundaries and scales, yet there is dearth of tools to support such collaborations. Our work is addressing this gap by integrating 3 technologies: geographic information systems, the semantic web, and collaborative workspaces.

What are the semantic web and knowledge graphs?

And how can they be combined with geographic data to help organizations better coordinate their decision making? Semantic spatial searches are more likely to return specific and relevant results for decision-makers, instead of the hundreds to thousands of mixed results returned by a normal internet search.

What is spatial decision support?

Many of our critical decisions as a society rely on geospatial data and analysis, including managing infrastructure, social services, emergency response and natural resources. This presentation describes the importance of integrating geospatial and semantic technologies for convergent problem solving and makes a pitch for further funding of this work.