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Spatial Ontology: A Geographical Information Point of View

  • Andrew U. Frank
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Abstract

The ancient philosophical discipline of ontology has been rediscovered for the purposes of artificial intelligence (Hayes, 1978; Hayes, 1985b). The importance of fixing exactly what is at the base of the things one talks about and of specifying how the different terms interact becomes evident when one attempts in a serious fashion to construct models of the real world. Above all, because in natural language different points of view are brought to bear, confusion and incompatibility can arise.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Small Theory Geographic Information System Software Geographic Information System Model Legal Ontology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

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  • Andrew U. Frank

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