TACOS 2014

A write up of events relating to geosemantics and Linked Geospatial Data at the TACOS (Towards a Collaborative Strategy for sector information management) seminar held at the University of York, May 2014.


  1. Ceri Binding was kind enough to do the warmup for me and did an impeccable job of introducing all the core topics including Linked Data, triples and semantics. Given the short length of the presentation slots, this was perfect as it allowed me to dive straight into the more spatial aspects. So thanks to Ceri or in the spirit of TACOS, muchos gracias :-)
  2. Ceri led on the SENESCHAL project and Ed is absolutely spot on here. The outputs included SKOS representations of core heritage vocabularies and a set of widgets for working with these within applications. Already these widgets have been incorporated into field data capture systems and can also be used within web applications to replace simple drop-down lists.
  3. And then I followed Ceri, taking the discussion into the realm of geospatial data, with the odd pop culture reference of course...
  4. Martin cheekily took a picture. So after years of keeping a low profile on the web with my various monkey avatars, my secret identity is revealed...
  5. Yes, indeed it is. It's all still a bit new at present but systems, tools, platforms and technologies are emerging or have emerged; this is a really exciting time to be working with geospatial data in general and we are well placed to take advantage of this. There is much work ongoing with working systems already out there. We just need to overcome the various political and non-technological problems that blight our use of digital data in the historic environment sector and move from research projects to the commercial and curatorial domains.
  6. Yep, these are some of the problems we face. Largely due to the piecemeal and rather ad-hoc ways in which our digital resources have come to be and how they continue to be maintained and managed. Given we have limited resources and in these times of austerity this is only likely to get worse, we really need to leverage technologies better to make space for working with our data rather than struggling to keep on top of basic maintenance.
  7. I stand corrected. I was referring to the core, national inventory which is often referred to as AMIE data by those outside of EH. From what I recall of the infrastructure, it is an Oracle based beast with custom user interfaces and rudimental GIS functionality. It is legacy systems such as this which can be seen as major obstacles; they do not support essential functionality (AMIE predates XML and the archaic version of Oracle underpinning it has little hope of being dragged into the 21st century) and require ever growing resources just to keep them afloat. I recall the pain involved in making datasets available through the corporate GIS when that implemented. Time to retire such systems, take stock and move forwards methinks...
  8. Well, it's a bit new as I said but do follow my GSTAR blog for the latest news from my research project and related topics.
  9. As I said, our digital ecosystem has grown organically with many drivers, many constraints and many stakeholders. Spread across numerous organisations, it is arguable somewhat of a pickle. If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't do it like this! Having said that, there is some good stuff out there and many keen and dedicated people. It is these strengths we need to work to.
  10. Funny Ed should mention that as there are various ongoing initiatives. The Thesaurus Working Group of FISH are investigating from a thesaurus persective. There is also work ongoing within the Archaeological Sites Working Group of CIDOC. And a major research project called PeriodO has just started. So the spatio-temporal nature of what we call 'periods' is a hot topic right now.