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A Knowledge-Driven Geospatially Enabled Framework for Geological Big Data

School of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
National Engineering Research Center for GIS, Wuhan 430074, China
Development and Research Center, China Geological Survey, Beijing 100037, China
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Academic Editors: Ozgun Akcay and Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(6), 166;
Received: 2 April 2017 / Revised: 28 May 2017 / Accepted: 31 May 2017 / Published: 3 June 2017
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Geologic survey procedures accumulate large volumes of structured and unstructured data. Fully exploiting the knowledge and information that are included in geological big data and improving the accessibility of large volumes of data are important endeavors. In this paper, which is based on the architecture of the geological survey information cloud-computing platform (GSICCP) and big-data-related technologies, we split geologic unstructured data into fragments and extract multi-dimensional features via geological domain ontology. These fragments are reorganized into a NoSQL (Not Only SQL) database, and then associations between the fragments are added. A specific class of geological questions was analyzed and transformed into workflow tasks according to the predefined rules and associations between fragments to identify spatial information and unstructured content. We establish a knowledge-driven geologic survey information smart-service platform (GSISSP) based on previous work, and we detail a study case for our research. The study case shows that all the content that has known relationships or semantic associations can be mined with the assistance of multiple ontologies, thereby improving the accuracy and comprehensiveness of geological information discovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: geology; ontology; knowledge discovery; spatial data; big data geology; ontology; knowledge discovery; spatial data; big data

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Wu, L.; Xue, L.; Li, C.; Lv, X.; Chen, Z.; Jiang, B.; Guo, M.; Xie, Z. A Knowledge-Driven Geospatially Enabled Framework for Geological Big Data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 166.

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