Complex Topographic Feature Ontology Patterns



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Semantic ontologies are examined as effective data models for the representation of complex topographic feature types. Complex feature types are viewed as integrated relations between basic features for a basic purpose. In the context of topographic science, such component assemblages are supported by resource systems and found on the local landscape. Ontologies are organized within six thematic modules of a domain ontology called Topography that includes within its sphere basic feature types, resource systems, and landscape types. Context is constructed not only as a spatial and temporal setting, but a setting also based on environmental processes. Types of spatial relations that exist between components include location, generative processes, and description. An example is offered in a complex feature type ‘mine.’ The identification and extraction of complex feature types are an area for future research.

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Complex Topographic Feature Ontology Patterns
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Center for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)
5 p.
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Conference Paper
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Proceeding of ASPRS/CaGIS 2010 Fall Specialty Conference
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ASPRS/CaGIS 2010 Fall Specialty Conference
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Orlando, Florida
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November 15-19, 2010
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