Dr. rer. nat. F. Mocnik (Franz-Benjamin)

Over mij

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geo-Information Processing at the University of Twente.

My research focusses on investigating what makes geographical information geographical in the most general sense. These investigations will lead to more informed ways of how to conceptualize and represent individual and thus highly idiosyncratic geographies. Understanding how to integrate subjectivity into formal representations and reasoning processes will ultimatively enable the development of ‘platial information systems’, which will allow us to handle individual conceptualizations of places instead of mere geometric simplifications as it is the case with contemporary geographic information systems.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University and a visiting researcher at the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center at the University of Bremen. I have finished my PhD studies at the Research Group Geoinformation of the Vienna University of Technology under the supervision of Andrew U Frank. (You are welcome to read my thesis.) Before I moved to Vienna in 2012, I formed part of the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) in the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster, where I was supervised by Werner Kuhn.


Mocnik, F. B. (2023). Data and coherence theories of truth: Examples from a data-driven Geographical Information Science. In P. van Oosterom, H. Ploeger, A. Mansourian, S. Scheider, R. Lemmens, & B. van Loenen (Eds.), 26th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science: Spatial data for design (Vol. 4, pp. 1-5). (AGILE: GIScience Series). Copernicus. https://doi.org/10.5194/agile-giss-4-33-2023
Mocnik, F.-B. (2023). Why we can read maps. Cartography and geographic information science, 50(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/15230406.2022.2127911
Mocnik, F.-B., & Westerholt, R. (2022). Interdisciplinary perspectives on place. Journal of Spatial Information Science, (23), 91-94. https://doi.org/10.5311/JOSIS.2021.23.203
Mocnik, F.-B. (2021). Introduction to the Third International Symposium on Platial Information Science. In F.-B. Mocnik, & R. Westerholt (Eds.), Places Across Cultures : Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Platial Information Science (PLATIAL'21) (pp. 1-4). https://doi.org/https://zenodo.org/record/6413106
Mocnik, F.-B., & Kühl, L. (2021). (Un)Represented Places – A Case Study of Two Sports Venues in Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund. 25–30. Paper presented at 3rd International Symposium on Platial Information Science, PLATIAL 2021, Online, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5767180
Mocnik, F.-B. (2021). Benford’s law and geographical information–the example of OpenStreetMap. International journal of geographical information science, 35(9), 1746-1772. https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2020.1829627

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