Architecture for a Grounded Ontology of Geographic Information

  • Allan Third
  • Brandon Bennett
  • David Mallenby
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-76876-0_3

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4853)
Cite this paper as:
Third A., Bennett B., Mallenby D. (2007) Architecture for a Grounded Ontology of Geographic Information. In: Fonseca F., Rodríguez M.A., Levashkin S. (eds) GeoSpatial Semantics. GeoS 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4853. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

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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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Third
    • 1
  • Brandon Bennett
    • 1
  • David Mallenby
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JTUK

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