A Geo-semantics Flyby

  • Krzysztof Janowicz
  • Simon Scheider
  • Benjamin Adams
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8067)


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.


Geographic Information System Semantic Similarity Spatial Reasoning Voluntary Geographic Information Spatial Data Infrastructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Janowicz
    • 1
  • Simon Scheider
    • 2
  • Benjamin Adams
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Institute for GeoinformaticsUniversity of MünsterGermany
  3. 3.National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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