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Toward Tighter Integration of Web Search with a Geographic Information System

  • Taro Tezuka, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Takeshi Kurashima, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Katsumi Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan

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Track: Web Engineering

Integration of Web search with geographic information has recently attracted much attention. There are a number of local Web search systems enabling users to find locationspecific Web content. In this paper, however, we point out that this integration is still at a superficial level. Most local Web search systems today only link local Web content to a map interface. They are extensions of a conventional stand-alone geographic information system (GIS), applied to a Web-based client-server architecture. In this paper, we discuss the directions available for tighter integration of Web search with a GIS, in terms of extraction, knowledge discovery, and presentation. We also describe implementations to support our argument that the integration must go beyond the simple map-and-hyperlink architecture.


Tezuka, T., Kurashima, T., and Tanaka, K. 2006. Toward tighter integration of web search with a geographic information system. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23 - 26, 2006). WWW '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 277-286.
DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1135777.1135821

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