Ontology Driven Visualisation of Maps with SVG – Technical Aspects

  • Frank Ipfelkofer
  • Bernhard Lorenz
  • Hans Jürgen Ohlbach
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4185)


This article describes the technical aspects of a particular use of ontologies for visualising maps in a browser window. Geographic data are represented as instances of concepts in an ontology of transportation networks which was designed in close relation to GDF. These data are transformed into SVG, whereas the transformation is specified symbolically as instances of a transformation ontology. This approach is extremely flexible and easily extendible to include all kinds of information in the generated maps. This article is an abbreviated version of the research report [5] and focuses only on the technical aspects of the approach.


semantic web ontologies visualisation svg semantic techniques 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Ipfelkofer
    • 1
  • Bernhard Lorenz
    • 1
  • Hans Jürgen Ohlbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for InformaticsLudwig-Maximilians UniversityMunich

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