Ontology-Driven Description of Spatial Data for Their Semantic Processing

  • Miguel Torres
  • Rolando Quintero
  • Marco Moreno
  • Frederico Fonseca
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3799)


We use ontologies in this paper to search for alternative representations of geographic objects thus providing a description of these objects in cartographic vector maps. We define ontologies based on two types of concepts (“terminal” and “non-terminal”) and two kinds of relations (“has” and “is-a”). These are the basic elements used to describe a map. We also present a case study in which an ontology for topographic maps is created. Our approach is oriented towards solving heterogeneity and interoperability issues in GIS.


Spatial Data Mexico City Semantic Processing Conceptual Schema Thematic Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Torres
    • 1
  • Rolando Quintero
    • 1
  • Marco Moreno
    • 1
  • Frederico Fonseca
    • 2
  1. 1.Geoprocessing LaboratoryCentre for Computing Research, IPNMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.School of Information Sciences and TechnologyPennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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