Research issues in constructing geographic ontologies for environmental data discovery and exploitation

Wilkinson, G.G. and Cobham, David C. (2005) Research issues in constructing geographic ontologies for environmental data discovery and exploitation. In: The 11th EC GIS Workshop: “ESDI: Setting the Framework”, 29 June - 1 July 2005, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

One of the key problems in establishing the European spatial data infrastructure will be semantic interoperability. Effective access to geospatial data sets for cross border environmental applications will depend critically on shared understanding of geospatial concepts in a multi-lingual multi-cultural context. This paper explores semantic issues relating to some common environmental terms used in describing land cover including linguistic, temporal, space scale and cultural aspects. These issues need to be tackled by computer scientists in order to support high level semantic web applications supporting European environmental monitoring and protection. The use of ontology modelling to establish relationships between different land cover taxonomies is described and a prototype demonstrated using the Stanford Protégé system that can form the basis of semantic web applications.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:One of the key problems in establishing the European spatial data infrastructure will be semantic interoperability. Effective access to geospatial data sets for cross border environmental applications will depend critically on shared understanding of geospatial concepts in a multi-lingual multi-cultural context. This paper explores semantic issues relating to some common environmental terms used in describing land cover including linguistic, temporal, space scale and cultural aspects. These issues need to be tackled by computer scientists in order to support high level semantic web applications supporting European environmental monitoring and protection. The use of ontology modelling to establish relationships between different land cover taxonomies is described and a prototype demonstrated using the Stanford Protégé system that can form the basis of semantic web applications.
Keywords:Geospatial databases, Geoscience
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F642 Geoscience
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:88
Deposited By: David Cobham
Deposited On:25 Feb 2006
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:11

Repository Staff Only: item control page