A Semantic Model to Query Spatial–Temporal Data

  • Benjamin Harbelot
  • Helbert Arenas
  • Christophe Cruz
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

There is a growing need for the study of spatial–temporal objects and their relationships. A common approach for this task is the use of relational databases, which unfortunately do not allow inference. In this research, we introduce a new approach that uses the concept of a “continuum” together with ontologies and semantic Web technologies. The continuum allows us to define parent–child relationships between representations of objects. It also allows us to compare the evolution of two different objects and establish the relationships between them along time. Our approach is based on the four-dimensional fluent, which is extended to obtain spatial–temporal qualitative information from the analysis of objects and their relationships. The results of our analysis are later added to our knowledge base, thus enhancing it. Our preliminary results are promising and we plan to further develop the model in the near future.

Keywords

GIS Semantics Spatio–temporal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Harbelot
    • 1
  • Helbert Arenas
    • 1
  • Christophe Cruz
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire Le2i, UMR-6302 CNRS, Departement Informatique DijonUniversity of BurgundyDijon CEDEXFrance

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