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Theories of Geographic Concepts

Ontological Approaches to Semantic Integration, 1st Edition

By Marinos Kavouras, Margarita Kokla

CRC Press

352 pages | 53 B/W Illus.

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Most widely available approaches to semantic integration provide ad-hoc, non-systematic, subjective manual mappings that lead to procrustean amalgamations to fit the target standard, an outcome that pleases no one. Written by experts in the field, Theories of Geographic Concepts: Ontological Approaches to Semantic Integration emphasizes the real issues involved in integrating existing geo-ontologies.

The book addresses theoretical, formal, and pragmatic issues of geographic knowledge representation and integration based on an ontological approach. The authors highlight the importance of philosophical, cognitive, and formal theories in preserving the semantics of geographic concepts during ontology development and integration. They elucidate major theoretical issues, then introduce a number of formal tools. The book delineates a general framework with the necessary processes and guidelines to ontology integration and applies it to a selection of ontology integration cases. It concludes with a retrospection of key issues and identifies open research questions.

Copiously illustrated, the book contains more than 80 illustrations and several examples to various approaches that provide a better understanding of the complexity of ontology integration tasks. The authors provide guidance on selecting the most appropriate approach and details on its application to indicative integration problems.

Reviews

"What a fascinating read this book is! . . . This work is a must-read for persons working with ontologies and classification in the geographic sciences."

– Mary Lynette Larsgaard, University of California, Santa Barbara, in Journal of Spatial Science, December 2008

Table of Contents

Contents

THE CONTEXT

Introduction

Geographic Ontologies

Semantic Interoperability

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS

Ontologies

Concepts

Semantics

FORMAL APPROACHES

Knowledge Representation Instruments

Formal Concept Analysis

Conceptual Graphs

Channel Theory

Description Logics

Natural Language and Semantic Information Extraction

Similarity

ONTOLOGY INTEGRATION

Integration Framework

Integration Approaches

POST-REVIEW

Epilogue Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM021030
COMPUTERS / Database Management / Data Mining
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems