Retrieval of Heterogeneous Geographical Information Using Concept Brokering and Upper Level Ontology

  • Shanzhen Yi
  • Bo Huang
  • Weng Tat Chan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3289)


Different concept and attribute definitions for geographical features underlying information systems make it difficult to share geographical information. This paper provides concept brokering methods based on upper level ontology for retrieval of heterogeneous geographical information. The methods include design of upper level ontology using Concept Lattices. The user ontology is associated with domain ontology through upper level ontology by concept brokering rules. An example for the upper level ontology of transportation is given to illustrate the concept brokering methods.


Concept Class Concept Lattice Domain Ontology Ontology Concept Spatial Data Infrastructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shanzhen Yi
    • 1
  • Bo Huang
    • 2
  • Weng Tat Chan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Geomatics EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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