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Spatial Information Theory

Foundations of Geographic Information Science International Conference, COSIT 2001 Morro Bay, CA, USA, September 19–23, 2001 Proceedings

  • Daniel R. Montello
Conference proceedings COSIT 2001

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2205)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Keynote Lecture

    1. Michael F. Goodchild
      Pages 1-13
  3. Geospatial Ontology and Ontologies I

    1. Barry Smith
      Pages 14-27
    2. Thomas Bittner, Barry Smith
      Pages 28-43
  4. Qualitative Spatio-Temporal Reasoning I

    1. Matt Duckham, Michael Worboys
      Pages 76-91
    2. Shyamanta M. Hazarika, Anthony G. Cohn
      Pages 92-107
  5. Formalizations of Human Spatial Cognition

  6. Space, Cognition, and Information Systems I

    1. Hartwig Hochmair, Andrew U. Frank
      Pages 173-188
    2. Susan L. Epstein, Bernard Moulin, Walid Chaker, Janice Glasgow, Jeremi Gancet
      Pages 189-205
  7. Navigation: Human and Machine Approaches

  8. Keynote Lecture

  9. Language and Space

    1. Christian Kray, Jörg Baus, Hubert Zimmer, Harry Speiser, Antonio Krüger
      Pages 263-277

About these proceedings


The 5th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2001, took place at the Inn at Morro Bay, California, USA, September 19 23, 2001. COSIT grew out of a series of workshops/NATO Advanced Study Institutes/NSF Specialist Meetings during the 1990s concerned with theoretical and applied aspects of representing large scale space, particularly geographic or environmental space (this history is elaborated in the prefaces of previous COSIT proceedings). These are spaces in which (and on which) human action takes place, and which are represented and processed in digital geographic information systems. In these early meetings, the need for well founded theories of spatial information representation and processing was identified, particularly theories based on cognition and on computation. This concern for theory provided an early foundation for the newly emerging field of geographic information science. COSIT is not backed by any particular scientific society but is organized as an independent enterprise. The conference series was established in 1993 as an interdisciplinary biennial European conference on the representation and processing of large scale spatial information after a successful international conference on the topic had been organized by Andrew Frank et al. in Pisa in 1992 (frequently referred to as "COSIT 0"). After two successful European COSIT conferences with strong North American participation (COSIT ’93: Island of Elba, Italy; COSIT ’95: Semmering, Austria), COSIT ’97 moved across the pond to the United States, and was held in the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania.


Navigation Spatial information theory cognition geographic information systems (GIS) information system information theory ontology spatial cognition spatial data representation spatial information processing spatial information systems spation temporal information

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel R. Montello
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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