|Title||An ontological analysis of water features
|Author||Brodaric, B; Hahmann, T; Gruninger, M|
|Source||International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings; 2016 p. 29-32, https://doi.org/10.21433/B3118ff033ht (Open Access)|
|Alt Series||Natural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20170161|
|Publisher||University of California|
|Meeting||9th International Conference on GIScience; Montreal, QC; CA; September 27-30, 2016|
|File format||pdf (Adobe® Reader®)|
Groundwater Information Management & Dissemination|
|Released||2016 09 01|
|Abstract||Water 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.