Administrative Units, an Ontological Perspective

  • Francisco J. López-Pellicer
  • Aneta J. Florczyk
  • Javier Lacasta
  • Francisco Javier Zarazaga-Soria
  • Pedro R. Muro-Medrano
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5232)


The administrative units have been created with the purpose of covering specific territorial and functional scopes over time. Therefore, there are heterogeneity not only among states but also at any level of subdivision. In the context of Spatial Data Infrastructures, administrative units are part of the core data model and they are often exploited in the development of web services. International, cross-border, even national web services may face different and superposed administrative models. The administrative models are complex and they may not be well understood by users and developers in some scenarios, i.e. a query in boundary areas with different administrative models. This paper proposes an ontology that can describe administrative models and also serve as a knowledge base that may facilitate mappings between different types of administrative units.


SDI Ontology Interoperability Administrative Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco J. López-Pellicer
    • 1
  • Aneta J. Florczyk
    • 1
  • Javier Lacasta
    • 1
  • Francisco Javier Zarazaga-Soria
    • 1
  • Pedro R. Muro-Medrano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Centro Politécnico SuperiorUniversity of SaragossaSaragossaSpain

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