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Reasoning Web. Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Data Access

Volume 8067 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 230-250

A Geo-semantics Flyby

  • Krzysztof JanowiczAffiliated withLancaster UniversityDepartment of Geography, University of California
  • , Simon ScheiderAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityInstitute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster
  • , Benjamin AdamsAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityNational Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California

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Abstract

Geospatial semantics as a research field studies how to publish, retrieve, reuse, and integrate geo-data, how to describe geo-data by conceptual models, and how to develop formal specifications on top of data structures to reduce the risk of incompatibilities. Geo-data is highly heterogeneous and ranges from qualitative interviews and thematic maps to satellite imagery and complex simulations. This makes ontologies, semantic annotations, and reasoning support essential ingredients towards a Geospatial Semantic Web. In this paper, we present an overview of major research questions, recent findings, and core literature.