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Understanding Taxonomies of Ecosystems: a Case Study

  • Alexandre Sorokine
  • Thomas Bittner

Abstract

This paper presents a formalized ontological framework for the analysis of classifications of geographic objects. We present a set of logical principles that guide geographic classifications and then demonstrate their application on a practical example of the classification of ecosystems of Southeast Alaska. The framework has a potential to be used to facilitate interoperability between geographic classifications.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Class Hierarchy Root Class Ontological Framework Geographic Object 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Sorokine
    • 1
  • Thomas Bittner
    • 2
  1. 1.Geography DepartmentUniversity at BuffaloBuffalo
  2. 2.Institute of Formal Ontology and Medical Information SystemsLeipzig

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