Special Issue "Semantic Geographic Information System (Semantic GIS)"

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A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

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Guest Editor
Dr. Salvatore Flavio Pileggi

Department of Computer Science, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Amor

Department of Computer Science, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Dear Colleagues,

The progressive consolidation of Information Technologies on a large scale has been facilitating and progressively increasing the production, collection, and diffusion of geographic data, as well as facilitating the integration of a large amount of information into Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Traditional GIS is emerging as a consolidated information infrastructure. This consolidated infrastructure is affecting more and more aspects of Internet Computing and Services. Most popular systems (such as Social Networks, GPS, and Decision Support Systems) involve complex GIS and important amounts of information.

The scale and the complexity of the information on the Internet has led researchers to design the next version of the network (known as the Semantic Web) according to a challenging model: the model assumes that published data will be integrated with its “meaning” (i.e., semantic description). Such integration would potentially allow for the processing of contextual information by machines in a context of interoperability and unambiguity. Semantic processes on the Internet are not limited to data, but can also involve web services. Indeed, Semantic Web Services extend the common web service concept by using semantic descriptors (e.g., those regarding modeling, service behavior, and capacity) to perform dynamic tasks, which involve the discovery, matchmaking, and execution of services that are supplied by different providers scattered throughout the global network.

As a web service, GIS is affected by exactly the same problems that affect the web as a whole. Reasonably, next generation GIS solutions have to address further methodological and data engineering challenges in order to accommodate new applications’ extended requirements (in terms of scale, interoperability, and complexity).

The conceptual and semantic modeling of GIS, as well as the integration of semantics into current GIS, may provide highly capable environments (i.e., Semantic GIS) that capable of capturing the needs and requirements of a wide domain of applications.

Dr. Salvatore Flavio Pileggi
Prof. Dr. Robert Amor
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • semantic technologies
  • semantic Web
  • Geographic information System (GIS)
  • conceptual and semantic modeling of GIS
  • ontology for GIS
  • geographic space modeling
  • novel applications on GIS
  • GIS and social media integration
  • spatial data infrastructure (SDI)

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Open AccessEditorial Addressing Semantic Geographic Information Systems
Future Internet 2013, 5(4), 585-590; doi:10.3390/fi5040585
Received: 15 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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The progressive consolidation of information technologies on a large scale has been facilitating and progressively increasing the production, collection, and diffusion of geographic data, as well as facilitating the integration of a large amount of external information into geographic information systems (GIS). Traditional
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The progressive consolidation of information technologies on a large scale has been facilitating and progressively increasing the production, collection, and diffusion of geographic data, as well as facilitating the integration of a large amount of external information into geographic information systems (GIS). Traditional GIS is transforming into a consolidated information infrastructure. This consolidated infrastructure is affecting more and more aspects of internet computing and services. Most popular systems (such as social networks, GPS, and decision support systems) involve complex GIS and significant amounts of information. As a web service, GIS is affected by exactly the same problems that affect the web as a whole. Therefore, next generation GIS solutions have to address further methodological and data engineering challenges in order to accommodate new applications’ extended requirements (in terms of scale, interoperability, and complexity). The conceptual and semantic modeling of GIS, as well as the integration of semantics into current GIS, provide highly expressive environments that are capable of meeting the needs and requirements of a wide range of applications. [...] Full article
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Open AccessArticle Geographic Ontologies, Gazetteers and Multilingualism
Future Internet 2015, 7(1), 1-23; doi:10.3390/fi7010001
Received: 31 August 2014 / Accepted: 1 December 2014 / Published: 5 January 2015
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Different languages imply different visions of space, so that terminologies are different in geographic ontologies. In addition to their geometric shapes, geographic features have names, sometimes different in diverse languages. In addition, the role of gazetteers, as dictionaries of place names (toponyms), is
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Different languages imply different visions of space, so that terminologies are different in geographic ontologies. In addition to their geometric shapes, geographic features have names, sometimes different in diverse languages. In addition, the role of gazetteers, as dictionaries of place names (toponyms), is to maintain relations between place names and location. The scope of geographic information retrieval is to search for geographic information not against a database, but against the whole Internet: but the Internet stores information in different languages, and it is of paramount importance not to remain stuck to a unique language. In this paper, our first step is to clarify the links between geographic objects as computer representations of geographic features, ontologies and gazetteers designed in various languages. Then, we propose some inference rules for matching not only types, but also relations in geographic ontologies with the assistance of gazetteers. Full article
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Open AccessArticle From Raw Data to Meaningful Information: A Representational Approach to Cadastral Databases in Relation to Urban Planning
Future Internet 2014, 6(4), 612-639; doi:10.3390/fi6040612
Received: 15 June 2014 / Revised: 19 September 2014 / Accepted: 15 October 2014 / Published: 24 October 2014
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Digesting the data hose that cities are constantly producing is complex; data is usually structured with different criteria, which makes comparative analysis of multiple cities challenging. However, the publicly available data from the Spanish cadaster contains urban information in a documented format with
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Digesting the data hose that cities are constantly producing is complex; data is usually structured with different criteria, which makes comparative analysis of multiple cities challenging. However, the publicly available data from the Spanish cadaster contains urban information in a documented format with common semantics for the whole territory, which makes these analyses possible. This paper uses the information about the 3D geometry of buildings, their use and their year of construction, stored in cadastral databases, to study the relation between the built environment (what the city is) and the urban plan (what the city wants to become), translating the concepts of the cadastral data into the semantics of the urban plan. Different representation techniques to better understand the city from the pedestrians’ point of view and to communicate this information more effectively are also discussed. Full article
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