Talking about place: Tapping human knowledge to enrich national spatial data sets
Project Leader: Stephan Winter
Staff: Matt Duckham, Allison Kealy, Abbas Rajabifard, Tim Baldwin, Kai-Florian Richter, Maria Vasardani
Collaborators: Lesley Stirling (Languages and Linguistics), Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)
Sponsors: ARC Linkage Project
Primary Contact: Stephan Winter (email@example.com)
Keywords: spatial information
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems,Infrastructure Engineering
Themes: Information & Communications Systems
Place descriptions are a common way for people to describe a location, but no current software tools are smart enough to understand them. Emergency call centres face risking lives, postal services are wasting billions per year and users of navigation or web services are frustrated about restrictive interfaces or prolonged searches.
This project will develop a novel, interdisciplinary approach to automatically interpret human place descriptions. It will develop methods to capture placenames with their meaning -- their true location -- for smarter databases and automatic interpretation procedures. The acquired knowledge will be an important step forward for data custodians and for service users.
Further information: http://www.telluswhere.net