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I am a research fellow at the Centre for eResearch at the University of Auckland.

Research interests:

{ spatiotemporal modelling, { data science,
environmental science,   information retrieval,
e-Research, X latent variable models,
user-generated content,   text mining,
digital humanities,   artificial intelligence,
philosophy of science }  cognitive science }



Sept. 2016 - I will be presenting the keynote at the Workshop for Spatial Data on the Web (SDW 2016) in Montreal, Canada.


2012 Ph.D., Computer Science with an emphasis in Cognitive Science (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Selected publications

B. Adams (accepted) "Wāhi, a discrete global grid gazetteer built using linked open data." International Journal of Digital Earth, to appear.

B. Adams and M. Gahegan (2016) "Exploratory Chronotopic Data Analysis." In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, Canada, to appear.

K. Janowicz, Y. Hu, G. McKenzie, S. Gao, B. Regalia, G. Mai, R. Zhu, B. Adams, and K. Taylor (2016) "Moon Landing or Safari? A Study of Systematic Errors and their Causes in Geographic Linked Data." In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, Canada, to appear.

B. Adams and M. Gahegan (2016) "We Need to Rethink How We Describe and Organize Spatial Information: Instrumenting and Observing the Community of Users to Improve Data Description and Discovery." In: GEOProcessing 2016: The Eighth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services, Venice, Italy, pp. 131-136. Best paper award

B. Adams, G. McKenzie, and M. Gahegan (2015) "Frankenplace: Interactive Thematic Mapping for Ad Hoc Exploratory Searching" Proceedings of the 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015), pp. 12-22.

B. Adams (2015) "Finding Similar Places using the Observation-to-Generalization Place Model" Journal of Geographical Systems 17(2): 137-156.

B. Adams and K. Janowicz (2015) "Thematic Signatures for Cleansing and Enriching Place-Related Linked DataInternational Journal of Geographical Information Science. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2014.989855 

M. Gahegan and B. Adams (2014) "Re-envisioning data description using Peirce's Pragmatics" In: GIScience 2014 – Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Vienna, Austria, September 23-26 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8728, Springer pp 142-158.

B. Adams, M. Gahegan, P. Gupta, and R. Hosking (2014) "Geographic Information Observatories for Supporting Science." In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Geographic Information Observatories, pp. 32-39.

K. Janowicz, P. Hitzler, B. Adams, D. Kolas, and C. Vardeman II (2014) "Five stars of Linked Data vocabulary useSemantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability 5(3): 173 - 176.

B. Adams and M. Gahegan (2014) "Emerging data challenges for next-generation spatial data infrastructure"  In: S. Winter and C. Rizos (Eds.): Research@Locate’14, Canberra, Australia, 07-09 April 2014, published online at, pp. 118-129.

B. Adams and M. Raubal (2014) "Identifying salient topics for personalized place similarity"  In: S. Winter and C. Rizos (Eds.): Research@Locate’14, Canberra, Australia, 07-09 April 2014, published online at, pp. 1-12.

G. McKenzie, K. Janowicz, and B. Adams (2014) "A weighted multi-attribute method for matching user-generated Points of Interest." Cartography and Geographic Information Science 41(2): 125-137.

B. Whitehead, B. Adams, M. Schildhauer, C. Vardeman, W. Kuhn, A. Shepard, and K. Sinha (2013) "Abstracting Transport to an Ontology Design Pattern for the Geosciences." 4th Workshop on Ontology Patterns (WOP2013), Sydney, Australia, published online at

K. Janowicz, S. Scheider, and B. Adams (2013) "A Geo-semantics Flyby." In: S. Rudolph, G. Gottlob, I. Horrocks, and F. Harmelen (Eds.), Reasoning Web. Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Data Access. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8067, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 230 - 250.

G. McKenzie, K. Janowicz, and B. Adams (2013) "Weighted Multi-Attribute Matching of User-Generated Points of Interest." ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013, November 05-08 2013, Orlando, FL, USA, pp. 430-433.

G. McKenzie, B. Adams, and K. Janowicz (2013) "A Thematic Approach to User Similarity Built on Geosocial Check-ins." In: Proceedings of the 15th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science (AGILE 2013), pp. 39-53.

B. Adams and G. McKenzie (2013) "Inferring Thematic Places from Spatially Referenced Natural Language Descriptions." In: D. Sui, S. Elwood, and M. Goodchild (Eds.), Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge, Springer, pp. 201 - 221.

B. Adams and K. Janowicz (2012) "On the Geo-Indicativeness of non-Georeferenced Text." In: Proceedings of the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-12), AAAI Press, pp. 375 - 378.

B. Adams and K. Janowicz (2011) "Constructing Geo-Ontologies by Reification of Observation Data." In: Proceedings of the 19th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM, pp. 309 - 318.

K. Grossner and B. Adams (2011) "COSIT at Twenty: Measuring Research Trends and Interdisciplinarity." Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2011) Poster Papers. Belfast, Maine, USA, September 12-16th 2011.

M. Raubal and B. Adams (2010) "The Semantic Web Needs More Cognition." Semantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability 1(1 - 2), 69 - 74.

K. Janowicz, B. Adams, and M. Raubal (2010) "Semantic Referencing - Determining Context Weights for Similarity Measurement." In: S. Fabrikant, T. Reichenbacher, M. van Kreveld, and C. Schlieder (Eds.), Geographic Information Science - Sixth International Conference, Zürich, Switzerland, September 14-17 2010 Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6292, Springer, Berlin, pp. 70 - 84.

B. Adams, L. Li, M. Raubal, and M. Goodchild (2010) "A General Framework for Conflation." R. Purves and R. Weibel (Eds.), Geographic Information Science - 6th International Conference, GIScience 2010, Extended Abstracts Volume. Zürich, Switzerland.

B. Adams and M. Raubal (2009) "Conceptual Space Markup Language (CSML): Towards the Cognitive Semantic Web." In: Proceedings of Third IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, Berkeley, CA, ICSC'09, IEEE, pp. 253 - 260.

B. Adams and M. Raubal (2009) "A Metric Conceptual Space Algebra." In: K. Stewart Hornsby, G. Ligozat, C. Claramunt, and M. Denis (Eds.), Spatial Information Theory - 9th International Conference, COSIT 2009, Aber Wrac'h, France, September 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Berlin, pp. 51 - 68.

  • – Thematic map interface for ad hoc search on Wikipedia articles
  • 87 topics in Papers Past – 18 million historical newspaper articles digitised by the National Library of New Zealand


Centre for eResearch 
Building 409, LG, Room G021
24 Symonds Street
Auckland Central
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89007