Semantic Referencing of Geosensor Data and Volunteered Geographic Information

  • Simon Scheider
  • Carsten Keßler
  • Jens Ortmann
  • Anusuriya Devaraju
  • Johannes Trame
  • Tomi Kauppinen
  • Werner Kuhn
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Part of the Semantic Web and Beyond book series (ADSW, volume 12)

Abstract

Georeferencing and semantic annotations improve the findability of geoinformation because they exploit relationships to existing data and hence facilitate queries. Unlike georeferencing, which grounds location information in reference points on the earth’s surface, semantic annotations often lack relations to entities of shared experience. We suggest an approach to semantically reference geoinformation based on underlying observations, relating data to observable entities and actions. After discussing an ontology for an observer’s domain of experience, we demonstrate our approach through two use cases. First, we show how to distinguish geosensors based on observed properties and abstracting from technical implementations. Second, we show how to complement annotations of volunteered geographic information with observed affordances.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Scheider
    • 1
  • Carsten Keßler
  • Jens Ortmann
  • Anusuriya Devaraju
  • Johannes Trame
  • Tomi Kauppinen
  • Werner Kuhn
  1. 1.Institute for GeoinformaticsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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