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Inspiring Web Mapping Applications - What if your map talked back to you? Natural Language Understanding in (INSPIRE) Web Mapping Applications

Ralf Hackmann

(Submission #176)


The way we consume up-to-date information and how we stay in contact with other people has changed fundamentally in the last few years. With the availability of smartphones, everyone can access various services and applications at any time and from any place via mobile internet. This process forces developers of geoinformation systems to improve their applications, especially for the use on mobile devices. Of course this is also important when it comes to the question of how we can bring INSPIRE related content more into daily use, esp. for the nonprofessional user. A good - or better - an outstanding usability could be the key! In other words: Modern technology approaches can be used to improve the usability of mobile (and of course also desktop) mapping applications! One approach is to operate an app by voice. This presentation will give a short overview, on how “Natural Language Understanding (NLU)” as a field of artificial intelligence is used to develop an approach for a new concept for controlling map content in (mobile) GIS solutions. This new way of control is based on the use of commands given to the system by means of natural language. In a demo will be shown how to “talk” to the web mapping application in order to work with the map and easily discover the information from within the data.


Topic Area:  [3.2] Tools and technologies
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   No

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