Architecture for a grounded ontology of geographic information

Third, Allan; Bennett, Brandon and Mallenby, David (2007). Architecture for a grounded ontology of geographic information. In: (GEOS 2007) Second International Conference on GeoSpatial Semantics, 29-30 Nov 2007, Mexico City, Mexico.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-76876-0_3

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r5803571211112...

Abstract

A major problem with encoding an ontology of geographic information in a formal language is how to cope with the issues of vagueness, ambiguity and multiple, possibly conflicting, perspectives on the same concepts.We present a means of structuring such an ontology which allows these issues to be handled in a controlled and principled manner, with reference to an example ontology of the domain of naive hydrography, and discuss some of the issues which arise when grounding such a theory in real data -- that is to say, when relating qualitative geographic description to quantitative geographic data.

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