Towards an ontology for reef islands

Duce, Stephanie (2009) Towards an ontology for reef islands. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5892. pp. 175-187.

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Reef islands are complex, dynamic and vulnerable environments with a diverse range of stake holders. Communication and data sharing between these different groups of stake holders is often difficult. An ontology for the reef island domain would improve the understanding of reef island geomorphology and improve communication between stake holders as well as forming a platform from which to move towards interoperability and the application of Information Technology to forecast and monitor these environments. This paper develops a small, prototypical reef island domain ontology, based on informal, natural language relations, aligned to the DOLCE upper-level ontology, for 20 fundamental terms within the domain. A subset of these terms and their relations are discussed in detail. This approach reveals and discusses challenges which must be overcome in the creation of a reef island domain ontology and which could be relevant to other ontologies in dynamic geospatial domains.

Item ID: 47336
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1611-3349
Keywords: reef island, domain ontology, informal ontology, conceptualizing dynamic environments, DOLCE
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Also published in Janowicz K., Raubal M., Levashkin S. (eds) GeoSpatial Semantics. GeoS 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5892. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 04:57
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040607 Surface Processes @ 20%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified @ 80%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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