Research issues in constructing geographic ontologies for environmental data discovery and exploitation - Wilkinson, G.G.; Cobham, David C.
One of the key problems in establishing the European spatial data infrastructure will be semantic interoperability. Effective access to geospatial data sets for cross border environmental applications will depend critically on shared understanding of geospatial concepts in a multi-lingual multi-cultural context. This paper explores semantic issues relating to some common environmental terms used in describing land cover including linguistic, temporal, space scale and cultural aspects. These issues need to be tackled by computer scientists in order to support high level semantic web applications supporting European environmental monitoring and protection. The use of ontology modelling to establish relationships between different land...