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Formal representation of geographic ontology and its application in map services
Author(s): Maojun Huang
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Paper Abstract

Geographic ontology is a very complex and intricate concept. As a philosophical concept, ontology has the most ambiguous meanings. In the paper, firstly the concept of geographic ontology is explored and the three meanings of geographic ontology are put forward: philosophy ontology, information ontology and spatial ontology. Then it introduces some ontology representation languages and concludes by suggesting OWL as the appropriate language for building geographic ontology. But geographic ontology is quite distinct from the general information ontology in that it should represent spatial properties as well as attribute properties. Unfortunately, OWL cannot describe spatial properties and spatial relations of geographic ontology because they are mainly for representing the general information ontology. It puts forward to build some formal axioms about spatial properties of geographic ontology by use of three theoretical tools: mereology, location theory and topology. With these axioms, we can formally represent geographic ontology with spatial properties. Finally, it shows how we can use geographic ontology to describe map services and to improve the quality of map services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7143, Geoinformatics 2008 and Joint Conference on GIS and Built Environment: Geo-Simulation and Virtual GIS Environments, 71430R (3 November 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.812550
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Maojun Huang, Jiangxi Univ. of Finance and Economics (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7143:
Geoinformatics 2008 and Joint Conference on GIS and Built Environment: Geo-Simulation and Virtual GIS Environments
Lin Liu; Xia Li; Kai Liu; Xinchang Zhang; Aijun Chen, Editor(s)

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