Encyclopedia of GIS

2008 Edition
| Editors: Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong

Geospatial Semantic Web, Definition

  • Bhavani Thuraisingham
  • Latifur Khan
  • Ganesh Subbiah
  • Ashraful Alam
  • Murat Kantarcioglu
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-35973-1_515

Definition

Geospatial semantic web refers to an intelligent, machine‐understandable web where geospatial data are encoded in a semantic-rich data model to facilitate automated decision making and efficient data integration.

Main Text

Geospatial semantic web is a set of enabling technology that promotes more efficient use of geospatial data. The loose structure of the provided data model ensures a flexible environment for applications outside of a pure geospatial domain to freely mix geospatial data with native data without having to know all the details ahead of time. The geospatial data management gets a boost from the inherent data model and logic-based reasoning framework, since data can be filtered more efficiently upon acquisition. Moreover, implicit knowledge can be discovered through inference. The hundreds of geospatial clearinghouses that have stored volumes of data over the years but cannot disseminate them very effectively due to security vulnerability and data assurance...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bhavani Thuraisingham
    • 1
  • Latifur Khan
    • 1
  • Ganesh Subbiah
    • 1
  • Ashraful Alam
    • 1
  • Murat Kantarcioglu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Texas at DallasDallasUSA