Desiderata for a Spatio-temporal Geo-ontology

  • Antony Galton
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2825)


We survey the manifold variety of kinds of phenomena which come within the purview of geography and GI Science, and identify three key desiderata for a fully spatio-temporal geo-ontology which can do justice to those phenomena. Such a geo-ontology must (a) provide suitable forms of representation and manipulation to do justice to the rich network of interconnections between field-based and object-based views of the world; (b) extend the field-based and object-based views, and the forms of representation developed to handle them, into the temporal domain; and (c) provide a means to develop different views of spatio-temporal extents and the phenomena that inhabit them, especially with reference to those phenomena such as storms, floods, and wildfires which seem to present dual aspects as both object-like and process-like.


Spatial Object Mass Noun Temporal Object Geographical Information Science Dual Aspect 
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  • Antony Galton
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  1. 1.School of Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of ExeterUK

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