Data Management for Spatial Scenarios

Our Mission

ISPRS working group IV/4 brings together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners from all over the world to share knowledge and to design new trends of research in data management for all geospatial scenarios.

The working group enhances research including data management, NoSQL databases, cloud databases, data lakes, autonomous databases, big data management, intelligent data preparation, real-time remote sensing big data analytical architecture, spatial databases, spatio-temporal databases (3D/4D), multi-dimensional databases (data cubes), sensor databases as well as data integration for geospatial scenarios such as digital twins, BIM/GIS, sub-surface/above-surface, indoor/outdoor, 3D voxel/vector.

The working group appreciates theoretical research as well as practical results from academia, industry and authorities. To this purpose, the WG organises workshops as an open forum to exchange latest research results in theory and practice.

The WG will especially cooperate with WG IV/x on spatial data interoperability, standards, and linked data; WG IV/x on spatial analysis and artificial intelligence; WG IV/x on geosimulation and virtual analytics; and WG IV/x on spatially-enabled digital twins, BIM, GIS and sensor integration. The WG will also disseminate its research results by publication of joint papers in the ISPRS Journals.

Working Group Officers


Emmanuel Stefanakis, ChairEmmanuel Stefanakis
Department of Geomatics Engineering
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
+1 403 220 4113



Martin Breunig, Co-ChairMartin Breunig
Geodetic Institute
Chair of Geoinformatics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Englerstr. 7
76131 Karlsruhe
+49 721 608 Ext. 42302



Mulhim Al Doori, Co-ChairMulhim Al Doori
Roads and Transport Authority
118899, Dubai
+97 1507549151



Paul Vincent Kuper, SecretaryPaul Vincent Kuper
Geodetic Institute
Chair of Geoinformatics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Englerstr. 7
76131 Karlsruhe
+49 721 608 Ext. 46787


Terms of Reference

The working group investigates new ways and best practices to manage multi-dimensional geometric, topological, and semantic dynamic data from a broad range of sources such as sensors, digital twins, BIM, GIS, mobile devices, and others. By doing so it advances the enhancement of standards for data, metadata, and services as well as data integration from different geospatial scenarios.

The WG plan includes the following:

  • Advance interfaces to other commissions and working groups such as the WG IV/1 on spatial data interoperability; WG IV/2 on spatial analysis and artificial intelligence; WG IV/3 on geosimulation; WG IV/9 on spatially enabled digital twins; WG II/3 on Point Cloud Processing; and ICWG II/Ib, and ICWG IV/II on BIM.
  • Review technical progress and OGC/ISO standards for Geospatial Data Management.
  • Explore and develop new ways to model, store, integrate, and manage voluminous and heterogeneous geospatial data for knowledge discovery. This includes the development of semantically rich spatial data structures, spatial indexing schemes and generic analytical tools for model validation.
  • Advance knowledge in intelligent data preparation and analysis, geospatial data access methods, geometric and topological relations, data aggregation, integration, and scalability. This includes the investigation of federated spatial data models and linked data considering different representations, data uncertainty, and data quality.
  • Explore and develop strategies for fusion of multi-dimensional spatial models, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), socio-economic models, and IoT data.









The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

Our Contact

Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
Nienburger Str. 1
D-30167 Hannover