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Spatial Information Theory. Cognitive and Computational Foundations of Geographic Information Science

International Conference COSIT’99 Stade, Germany, August 25–29, 1999 Proceedings

  • Christian Freksa
  • David M. Mark
Conference proceedings COSIT 1999

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1661)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Landmarks and Navigation

    1. Rüdiger Wehner
      Pages 1-20
    2. Thomas Röfer
      Pages 21-36
    3. Molly E. Sorrows, Stephen C. Hirtle
      Pages 37-50
  3. Route Directions

    1. Barbara Tversky, Paul U. Lee
      Pages 51-64
    2. Kristin L. Lovelace, Mary Hegarty, Daniel R. Montello
      Pages 65-82
  4. Abstraction and Spatial Hierarchies

  5. Spatial Reasoning Calculi

  6. Ontology of Space

    1. Claudio Masolo, Laure Vieu
      Pages 235-250
    2. Antony Galton
      Pages 251-266
    3. Barry Smith
      Pages 267-282
    4. David M. Mark, Barry Smith, Barbara Tversky
      Pages 283-298

About these proceedings


The Conference on Spatial Information Theory – COSIT – grew out of a series of workshops / NATO Advanced Study Institutes / NSF specialist meetings concerned with cognitive and applied aspects of representing large-scale space, particularly geographic space. In these meetings, the need for a well-founded theory of spatial information processing was identified. The COSIT conference series was established in 1993 as a biennial interdisciplinary European conference on the representation and processing of information about large-scale space, after a successful international conference on the topic had been organized by Andrew Frank et al. in Pisa, Italy, in 1992 (frequently referred to as ‘COSIT zero’). After two successful European conferences with strong North-American participation (COSIT ’93, held on the Island of Elba, Italy; COSIT ’95, held in Semmering, Austria), the conference became a truly international enterprise when COSIT ’97 was held in the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, USA. COSIT ’99 will take place in Stade, Germany. All aspects of large-scale space, i. e. spaces too large to be seen from a single vantage point, are addressed in the COSIT conferences. These include spaces of geographic scale, as well as smaller spaces in which humans, animals, or autonomous robots have to find their way around. Spatial information theory also deals with the description of objects, processes, or events in spatial environments and it forms the foundation for the construction of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and for spatial information and communication system design in general.


Cartography Geoinformation Navigation Spatial Information Spatial Reasoning Visual Representation information theory ontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Freksa
    • 1
  • David M. Mark
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität Hamburg, Fachbereich InformatikHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyState University of New York at BuffaloUSA

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