Semantic Service Integration for Water Resource Management

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Abstract

Water resource management is becoming increasingly difficult due to the interaction of conflicting factors such as environmental sustainability and economic constraints. In Australia, the introduction of a water rights management framework is an administrative attempt to facilitate the resolution of this complex and multi-faceted problem. Policies relating to water allocation and trading have already advanced beyond our abilities to monitor, measure, report and enforce these policies. Mismanagement of this valued resource can have severe damaging long term environmental and economic effects. We believe that Semantic Web Services technologies will help decision makers minimise the risk of mismanagement. In this paper, we discuss the potential application of our dynamic service composition approach and its compatibility with other solutions. We identify the benefits for the different categories of users and discuss how ontologies can help to bridge the gap between specialists and non-specialists, or specialists focusing on separate aspects of the overall problem.