Sommaire de la publication

Sommaire de la publication

Sboui, T., Y. BĂ©dard (2012). Universal Geospatial Ontology for the Semantic Interoperability of Data: What are the Risks and How to Approach them? In: Podobnikar, T. & Ceh, M. (ed(s)), Universal Ontology of Geographic Space: Semantic Enrichment for Spatial Data, Chap. 1, pp. 1-27

Abstract

Ontologies have been used to support the interoperability of geospatial data by overcoming semantic problems related to semantic heterogeneities and to differences in data usage contexts. Ideally, to solve semantic heterogeneities, the data models involved in the interoperability process could be enriched, and the relationships between their elements could be defined based on a universal geospatial ontology. However, such ontology would encounter difficulties in achieving an efficient interoperability. This chapter aims to argue that universal ontology-based interoperability remains vulnerable to the risks of uncertain meaning of geospatial data that may go unnoticed during the interoperability process. The chapter discusses these risks and proposes a systematic approach to better support users dealing with them. The proposed approach identifies the risks, assesses their severity, and helps users to make decisions about them.