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Architecture for a grounded ontology of geographic information

Third, A., Bennett, B. and Mallenby, D. (2007) Architecture for a grounded ontology of geographic information. In: Fonseca, F., Rodríguez, M.A. and Levashkin, S., (eds.) GeoSpatial Semantics. Proceedings of the Second International Conference. GeoS 2007, November 29-30 2007, Mexico City. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4853 (4853). Springer , Berlin / Heidelberg , pp. 36-50. ISBN 978-3-540-76875-3


A major problem with encoding an ontology of geographic information in a formal language is how to cope with the issues of vagueness, ambiguity and multiple, possibly conflicting, perspectives on the same concepts. We present a means of structuring such an ontology which allows these issues to be handled in a controlled and principled manner, with reference to an example ontology of the domain of naive hydrography, and discuss some of the issues which arise when grounding such a theory in real data — that is to say, when relating qualitative geographic description to quantitative geographic data.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2009 17:38
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:29
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-76876-0_3
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-540-76876-0_3
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7829

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