© 2007

The Geospatial Web

How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society

  • Arno Scharl
  • Klaus Tochtermann
  • First book on subject - since integrating semantic Web technology with geo-browsing platforms & the emerging breed of social software often summarised under the umbrella term ‘Web 2.0’

  • Clear focus on applied geospatial aspects

  • Appeal to industry practice through emphasis on applied science

  • Contributions from a very active research community

  • Foreword by Patrick J. Hogan, Program Manager of NASA World Wind


Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Foundations Of The Geospatial Web

    1. Ron Lake, Jim Farley
      Pages 15-26
    2. Michael P. Gerlek, Matthew Fleagle
      Pages 27-38
    3. Glen Hart, Catherine Dolbear
      Pages 39-44
  3. Navigating The Geospatial Web

    1. Dirk Ahlers, Susanne Boll
      Pages 55-66
    2. Gabriella Castelli, Alberto Rosi, Marco Mamei, Franco Zambonelli
      Pages 67-78
    3. Farshad Hakimpour, Boanerges Aleman-Meza, Matthew Perry, Amit Sheth
      Pages 79-89
  4. Building The Geospatial Web

  5. Geospatial Communities

    1. Daniel C. Berrios, Maarten Sierhuis, Richard M. Keller
      Pages 131-140
    2. Pragya Agarwal, Roderic Béra, Christophe Claramunt
      Pages 141-152
    3. L. Jesse Rouse, Susan J. Bergeron, Trevor M. Harris
      Pages 153-158
    4. Carlo Torniai, Steve Battle, Steve Cayzer
      Pages 159-170
    5. Giovanni Tummarello, Christian Morbidoni, Michele Nucci, Ernesto Marcheggiani
      Pages 171-176
  6. Environmental Applications

    1. Julien Iris, JérÔme Chemitte, Aldo Napoli
      Pages 179-190
    2. Roland Pesch, Gunther Schmidt, Winfried Schröder, Christian Aden, Lukas Kleppin, Marcel Holy
      Pages 191-200

About this book


The Geospatial Web will have a profound impact on managing knowledge, structuring workflows within and across organizations, and communicating with like-minded individuals in virtual communities. The enabling technologies for the Geospatial Web are geo-browsers such as NASA World Wind, Google Earth and Microsoft Live Local 3D. These three-dimensional platforms revolutionize the production and consumption of media products. They not only reveal the geographic distribution of Web resources and services, but also bring together people of similar interests, browsing behavior, or geographic location.

This book summarizes the latest research on the Geospatial Web’s technical foundations, describes information services and collaborative tools built on top of geo-browsers, and investigates the environmental, social and economic impacts of geospatial applications. The role of contextual knowledge in shaping the emerging network society deserves particular attention. By integrating geospatial and semantic technology, such contextual knowledge can be extracted automatically – for example, when processing Web documents to identify relevant content for customized news services.

Presenting 25 chapters from renowned international experts, this edited volume will be invaluable to scientists, students, practitioners, and all those interested in the emerging field of geospatial Web technology. Updates and additional resources are available at


3D Browser Contextualization Geospatial Web Information Spaces JPEG JPEG 2000 Knowledge Management Semantic Web Social Software Tagged machine learning modeling organization visualization

Editors and affiliations

  • Arno Scharl
    • 1
  • Klaus Tochtermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Know-Center & Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
IT & Software


From the reviews:

"The Geospatial Web is an edited volume of 25 chapters, which attempts to bring together the academic research on Geospatial web technologies and provide an up-to-date review of this fast moving discipline. … would suit postgraduate students who have the knowledge to be selective: picking out chapters of particular relevance." (Ed. Parsons, GIS Professional, Issue 17, 2007)