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UK utility data integration: overcoming schematic heterogeneity

Beck, A.R., Cohn, AG, Bennett, B., Fu, G., Ramage, S., Sanderson, M., Stell, J.G. and Tagg, C (2008) UK utility data integration: overcoming schematic heterogeneity. In: Proceedings of SPIE. Geoinformatics 2008 and Joint Conference on GIS and Built Environment: Geo-Simulation and Virtual GIS Environments. , Art. No. 71431Z.


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In this paper we discuss syntactic, semantic and schematic issues which inhibit the integration of utility data in the UK. We then focus on the techniques employed within the VISTA project to overcome schematic heterogeneity. A Global Schema based architecture is employed. Although automated approaches to Global Schema definition were attempted the heterogeneities of the sector were too great. A manual approach to Global Schema definition was employed. The techniques used to define and subsequently map source utility data models to this schema are discussed in detail. In order to ensure a coherent integrated model, sub and cross domain validation issues are then highlighted. Finally the proposed framework and data flow for schematic integration is introduced.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Urban Infrastructure, Utility Assets, Heterogeneity, Data Integration, Schematic Reconciliation, GIS,Knowledge Exchange, Standards
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Yasmin Aziz
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008 09:12
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 11:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.812600
Status: Published
Identification Number: 10.1117/12.812600
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4894

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