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Spatial information retrieval and geographical ontologies: an overview of the SPIRIT project

Jones, C., Purves, R., Ruas, A., Sanderson, M., Sester, M., van Kreveld, M. and Weibel, R. (2002) Spatial information retrieval and geographical ontologies: an overview of the SPIRIT project. In: Proceedings of 25th ACM Conference of the Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval. Annual ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, August 11 - 15, 2002, Tampere, Finland. ACM , New York , pp. 389-390. ISBN 1-58113-561-0


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A large proportion of the resources available on the world-wide web refer to information that may be regarded as geographically located. Thus most activities and enterprises take place in one or more places on the Earth's surface and there is a wealth of survey data, images, maps and reports that relate to specific places or regions. Despite the prevalence of geographical context, existing web search facilities are poorly adapted to help people find information that relates to a particular location. When the name of a place is typed into a typical search engine, web pages that include that name in their text will be retrieved, but it is likely that many resources that are also associated with the place may not be retrieved. Thus resources relating to places that are inside the specified place may not be found, nor may be places that are nearby or that are equivalent but referred to by another name. Specification of geographical context frequently requires the use of spatial relationships concerning distance or containment for example, yet such terminology cannot be understood by existing search engines. Here we provide a brief survey of existing facilities for geographical information retrieval on the web, before describing a set of tools and techniques that are being developed in the project SPIRIT : Spatially-Aware Information Retrieval on the Internet (funded by European Commission Framework V Project IST-2001-35047).

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
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Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2008 13:16
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 05:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/564376.564457
Status: Published
Publisher: ACM
Identification Number: 10.1145/564376.564457
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4568

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