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TitleAn ontological analysis of water features
AuthorBrodaric, BORCID logo; Hahmann, T; Gruninger, M
SourceInternational Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings; 2016 p. 29-32, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20170161
PublisherUniversity of California
Meeting9th International Conference on GIScience; Montreal, QC; CA; September 27-30, 2016
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader®)
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience, Groundwater Information Management & Dissemination
Released2016 09 01
AbstractWater features are understood and represented heterogeneously in a wide variety of settings, including in data standards, polices and regulations, and amongst different cultures and languages. Ontologies aim to reduce this heterogeneity by representing commonalities across such settings. In this paper we build upon existing work in hydro ontologies and philosophical ontology to enhance the conceptualization and representation of water features. This results in a new taxonomy for water features, which helps identify and organize their essential parts. The results are represented as a first-order logic extension of the DOLCE ontology as well as an independent ontology fragment, and these are intended to serve as a reference ontology for the hydro domain as well as an aid to data interoperability.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The paper presents a new computational representation for water features, extending prior work on aquifers. This has the potential to impact data standards and database structures for water features, and thus data sharing between countries.

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