Workshops 2018

AGILE 2018 Ali 2017 09 07

Below is a description of all the workshops. Some of the workshops have their own web sites where you can find more information. Otherwise, you can contact the contact the person responsible for the workshop (their name is linked to their email address).

Registration for the workshops is done through the registration page for the AGILE 2018 conference (also if only the workshops are attended and not the main conference). The fee includes a lunch. Registration will open in late January 2018.

You can register for 1 full day workshop or 1-2 half day workshops (morning + afternoon). The fee is the same for all options. 

The workshops are either half day (morning, roughly 9.30-12.30 or afternoon roughly 13.30-17.00) or full day (roughly 9.30-17.00). Time for a lunch break is fixed to 12.30-13.30, but the morning start time and afternoon end time might vary slightly. Please check the workshop website or contact the organizers for further details.

General questions about the workshops should be sent to:

Lars Harrie  – Lund University


Half Day workshops (morning)

Title: Map Generalisation Practice with Volunteered Geographic Information 


Map generalisation research mostly focused on the needs of national mapping agencies (NMAs): making maps at small scales from high resolution geographic databases. Given the popularity of independent Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) platforms such as OpenStreetMap, as well as the use of crowdsourced data within NMAs, a focus on the generalisation of VGI is needed. Unlike NMA datasets, VGI can be very diverse and heterogeneous, and thus poses real, novel challenges for data management and processing.

This will be a hackathon-like workshop: two datasets from OSM and FlickR   will be provided, and participants will be asked to submit how they successfully (or unsuccessfully) generalise part of (or the whole) dataset.  More details on the workshop here:


Guillaume Touya  - IGN France, LaSTIG

Pia Bereuter - FHNW University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

Paulo Raposo - University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA

Cyril de Runz - Université de Reims, France



Title: Research Data Management and Reference Datasets for the Environmental Sciences


To make scientific work more transparent and in the optimal case even reproducible, the improvement of research documentation is a clear goal in most of the scientific domains and in particular in the data driven environmental sciences. Several national, European and international initiatives and activities evolved to tackle issues in research data management, several of them started quite recently (e.g. GO-FAIR, European Open Science Cloud, Research Data Alliance). Nowadays, research-funding agencies very often demand project proposals to define a data management plan that includes strategies for data description and publication. To support this, a number of research data infrastructures have been implemented at national and international level (for example: However, most of them focus only on the publication of scientific data that is seen an additional or supplemental output to the published publications. A real data management that also supports the daily work of the researchers is usually not offered. Further, to improve comparability among the different research results the availability of reference datasets that serve as harmonized data input or as a mean of reference or comparison do hardly exist. As a next step towards research transparency these things are clearly demanded.

This workshop provides an opportunity for interested researchers to share experiences and discuss requirements on reference datasets and tools and platforms for research data management.


Stephan Mäs, Daniel Henzen, Lars Bernard  – TU Dresden, Germany

Ivo Senner - Fraunhofer IGD, Germany

Simon Jirka - 52°North, Germany



Half Day workshops (afternoon)


Title: Reproducible Research Publications At AGILE (RR@AGILE)


Reproducibility and replicability of research gains more attention each year across many domains, but at AGILE conferences the topic is underrepresented. This half-day workshop introduces interested scientists to reproducible research and gives hands-on guidance on how to increase reproducibility of their work.


  1. Introduction to reproducible research
  2. Reproducibility at AGILE today
  3. Hands-on: Reproducing a publication
  • Reproduce a prepared computational analysis from a real paper (eiher R or Python code)
  • Transform typical publication into a reproducible document (literate programming with R Markdown, Jupyter Notebook, scripted GIS)
  • Publish the analysis in a research data repository
  1. Reproducibility at AGILE tomorrow & Feedback

Registration is open until April 22 2018 via the conference web site. Participants must submit additional information as described on the workshop website:


Daniel Nüst, Markus Konkol - University of Münster, Germany

Frank Ostermann, Valentina Cerutti – ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Barbara Hofer - University of Salzburg, Austria

Rusne Sileryte - TU Delft, The Netherlands

Carlos Granell - University of Jaume I, Spain


Title: Modelling Urban Dynamics


It is expected that in 2030 about 5 billion people will live in cities as compared to the 3.6 billion now. This massive growth challenges the liveability of the urban environment. To design cities that offer a pleasant home to its citizens, are attractive to visitors, industry and commercial organisations, and are as well sustainable, it is crucial to understand urban dynamics, and the effects of human behaviour on the city and vice-versa.

Various ideas on how cities work as well as methods to simulate and analyse spatial-temporal and social processes have been developed past decades. The work of, amongst others, Lynch, Hillier, Hägerstrand, and Batty offer basic concepts and methods to represent, simulate, and understand urban systems. Currently cities are increasingly recognised as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). Myriad entities, processes, and feedbacks lead to non-linear and often unexpected outcomes complicating the development of urban policies and design. Agent Based Modelling (ABM), Cellular Automata (CA), and participatory modelling offer the tools and bottom-up techniques that can deal with this complexity.

This workshop aims to discuss novel concepts and methods to simulate spatial-temporal dynamics of cities from the bottom-up. Contributions on both fundamental issues as well as applications are welcome. Focus is on models of interactions between humans and the city Examples include, but are not limited to, human movement behaviour, tourism, urban development and expansion, participatory modelling for city development, gentrification and segregation, housing, and urban health.

A selection of the work presented will be published in a special issue of CEUS.


Arend Ligtenberg, Erika Speelman - Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)

Judith Verstegen, Gabriele Filomena - University of Münster, Germany


Full Day

Title: 2nd AGILE Workshop Open Data for Open Cities - OD4OC:  The reuse of open data through spatial analysis


Cities are the hubs of innovation driving the economic development of the world. The explosive growth of cities and the rapid expansion of broadband and data are intersecting at a time when the world faces serious challenges to achieving more sustainable development. Cities now have an essential role to play in national and local open data initiatives. However, are cities ready to move forward regarding open data? Are user requirements taken into consideration in open data strategy? How are open data being used to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable? Which are the best practice examples to follow?

This second edition of the OD4OC workshop has a broad agenda that will guide you in how to use open geospatial data, organized around policy goals to design data-driven initiatives in communities. The workshop features two key speakers, Cosmina Radu from the European Data Portal, who will present insights from recent reports on the future of open data portals, economic benefits and entrepreneurship of open data; and Andrew Turner from Esri’s development center in Washington DC, who will show examples of open data portals built to meet the needs of citizens.

Four short-papers will be selected from those submitted, to be presented in the workshop. Authors of all accepted workshop papers will be invited to submit full papers to a special issue of the Journal /Information/ of MDPI with a submission deadline of 1st September 2018. Finally, one portion of the workshop will be dedicated to lead a brief discussion over the reusability of open geographic data, and some examples of the applicability of spatial analysis using open data from Eurostat to develop indicators to measure sustainability of
cities in Europe.

This workshop is a part of the GEO-C (Enabling Open Cities) project which is a joint European project between three universities: NOVA Information Management School in Portugal, Universitat Jaume I in Spain, and the Institute for Geoinformatics in Münster, Germany.

More information is found at:


Adeoluwa Akande, Marco Painho, Pedro Cabral, Fernando Santa - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Joaquin Huerta, Mike Gould, Fernando Benitez - Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Title: Making Salience Personal (PerSal ’18)


Determining the salience of environmental objects for specific travellers remains a challenge in wayfinding research. This interactive workshop, which includes an experiment during the afternoon, is dedicated to the question, which personal dimensions (e.g. familiarity with an environment or level of interest in a particular topic of an observer) influence the salience of an object. There is also a need to discuss empirical methods for the acquisition of these dimensions and how these can be integrated into existing salience models.

Relevant topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Evidence for the need of personal salience
  • The role of familiarity and personal interests in estimating personal salience
  • Methods to acquire the familiarity and the level of interest in a topic
  • Empirical attempts to measure salience

Participants are expected to submit a paper (max. 4 pages) according to the guidelines lined out on the conference website, which will be reviewed by an international panel of experts. Special attention will be paid to those papers stimulating discussion on the topics above. Based on this discussion, all attendees of the workshop will collect data about landmarks in Lund through an in-situ experiment during the afternoon. A final discussion after collecting landmarks will be used to share experience and further thoughts.


Markus Kattenbeck , Bernd Ludwig, - Universität Regensburg

Sabine Timpf, Eva Nuhn – Augsburg University


Title: SDI Research and Strategies towards 2030: Renewing the SDI Research Agenda


The central aim of this workshop is to initiate the definition of a renewed Spatial Data Infrastructure Research Agenda for ‘SDI Research and Strategies towards 2030’, incorporating both technical and non-technical perspectives and research challenges.

SDI research has always been an important driver and enabler for the development and implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Researchers across the world have been exploring various issues around the development and implementation of SDIs. The ‘SDI Research and Strategies for 2030’ workshop offers SDI researchers an opportunity to share their research and formulate the SDI research agenda. The workshop will build further on the work done in past initiatives to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration among SDI researchers.

The ‘SDI Research and Strategies for 2030’ workshop has three objectives:

1. To provide an overview of recent and ongoing research on SDI and related topics
2. To identify gaps and challenges in existing SDI research and define a research agenda for future SDI research
3. To (re-)establish a research community for SDI research that promotes and enables active collaboration and engagement across multiple disciplines and regions


Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Bastiaan van Loenen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Joep Crompvoets - KU Leuven, Belgium
Lars Bodum - Aalborg University, Denmark
Ali Mansourian - Lund University, Sweden


Title: A Workshop on Big Data Analytics: Topological and Scaling Perspective for Better Understanding and Making Sustainable Cities


There are three fundamental issues about geographic space or the Earth’s surface: How it looks, how it works, and what it ought to be. In terms of how it looks and works, there are two laws governing geographic forms and processes or urban structure and dynamics in particular: scaling law and Tobler’s law. Scaling law is available across all scales ranging from the smallest to largest, and it states that there are far more small things than large ones in geographic space. For example, there are far more small mountains than big ones; far more low elevations than high ones; far more short rivers than long ones; far more small cities than big ones; far more less-connected streets than well-connected ones; and far more meaningless locations than meaningful ones. Tobler’s law is available at one scale, and it states that more or less similar things tend to be nearby or related. For example, your housing price is more similar to those of your neighbors than to those of your neighbors’ neighbors; two elevations one meter away are more similar than two that are 10 meters away; and today’s weather is more similar to that of yesterday than to that of the day before yesterday. These two laws, complementary each other and recurring at different levels of scale, well characterize the Earth’s surface. Geographic forms or urban structure change nonlinearly, so geographic processes or urban dynamics are essentially unpredictable. In terms of what it ought to be, there are two design principles that help make better built environment: differentiation and adaptation, in line respectively with the scaling law and Tobler’s law. In this workshop, I will use two concepts of natural cities and natural streets to demonstrate the ubiquity of scaling law, and further argue how to make built environment more living or more sustainable based on the two design principles. Some hands-on will be carried out with two tools: Axwoman and head/tail breaks.


Bin Jiang  - University of Gävle, Sweden


Title: VGI-ALIVE - AnaLysis, Integration, Vision, Engagement


Since over a decade ago or so crowd-sourced data, such as Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and social media, have gained increasing interest in the GI research arena and found their way to numerous everyday applications, such as tourist recommendation systems, event detection methods, route planning, and location based services. New data sharing and social media platforms are on the rise, novel contribution patterns across different platforms (e.g. Yelp and Pokémon Go) can be observed, and more contributors than ever share their data on these platforms. This advancement on the application side leads to new, advanced analysis methods of user contribution patterns, ongoing challenges in data fusion, and provides also new opportunities for rapid data analysis for event detection and VGI data quality assessment. With the steady increase of shared data platforms and data sharing activities over the past decade, new questions arise concerning the future of VGI and social media platforms. These questions include the prospect of continued user growth, engagement of new user groups, further expansion of VGI to educational activities, or closing data gaps in geographically underrepresented areas.

This workshop covers a wide range of VGI and social/media research topics and provides an opportunity for workshop participants to share ideas and findings on cross-platform data contributions, innovative analysis approaches, current data fusion methods, real-world applications, and the use of VGI and social media use in education. The event offers also a platform to discuss future challenges of VGI and social media, may it be on the legal or technical side, to formulate a vision for VGI and social media usage and analysis for the near future, and to live demonstrate analysis workflows and VGI applications. One portion of the workshop is dedicated to a collaborative session, where break-out groups will discuss various timely VGI/social media research topics, such as VGI and mobility, data fusion, interoperability, and education, potentially leading to a joint paper contribution for a special issue of the Geo-spatial Information Science journal.


Peter Mooney - Maynooth University

Franz-Benjamin Mocnik, Alexander Zipf - University of Heidelberg, Germany

Jamal Jokar Arsanjani - Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Hartwig H. Hochmair - University of Florida, United States

Kiran Zahra - University of Zurich, Switzerland


Title: Teaching Geospatial Technologies to All



This workshop will explore how certain concepts guide the choice of spatial computations to answer domain questions, similar to how measurement scales (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio) guide the choice of statistical computations to answer primarily non-spatial domain questions. This link between concepts and the choice of software commands is the key innovation to be pursued in the workshop.

The workshop emphasizes the teaching of geospatial technologies to all, regardless of the learners’ disciplinary backgrounds. Participants will be challenged to consider what conceptual basis could guide user choices of specific spatial computations - and consequently should be taught in introductory courses on GIS and geospatial technologies.

For topic details, including the organizers’ discussion paper and submission suggestions, please visit:


- Contact: Thomas Hervey1;

Werner Kuhn1, Karen Kemp2, Sara Lafia1, Thomas Hervey1, Behzad Vahedi1, Jingyi Xiao1

1 Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

2 Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, USA

Title: Introduction to OSGeo and Python programming using PyQGIS


The aim of this workshop is to get an overview of Open Source (OS) GIS programmes and OSGeo, as well as practical experience of developing programs in an OS environment. Getting started with programming and automated geoprocessing could be a challenge due to a steep learning curve. This workshop will help you to overpass these challenges by introducing python programming on examples on how to perform automated processing within a GIS focusing on the use of open source products. The workshop will mainly include hands-on activities on how to set up a good IDE using OSGeo and other open source products as well as making scripts making possible to automating part of your GIS activities.


Perola Olsson  - Lund University, Sweden

Fredrik Lindberg  - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Barend Köbben - ITC–University of Twente, the Netherlands 

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