Semantic Analysis for the Geospatial Web – Application to OWL-DL Ontologies

  • Alina-Dia Miron
  • Jérôme Gensel
  • Marlène Villanova-Oliver
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5373)


Towards the concretization of Egenhofer’s idea of a future Geospatial Semantic Web, an important limitation is the absence of spatial and temporal reasoners capable of combining quantitative and qualitative knowledge for inferring new relations between individuals described in OWL or RDF(S) ontologies. As a first response to this limitation, we propose the use of the ONTOAST system, a spatio-temporal ontology modeling and semantic query environment compatible with OWL-DL. In this paper we illustrate the practical use of ONTOAST for querying the Geospatial Semantic Web in order to discover semantic associations between individuals. We present problems we have encounter when handling spatial and temporal knowledge described in OWL-DL as well as the solutions we have adopted.


Geospatial Semantic Web ontology semantic analysis spatio-temporal reasoning context definition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alina-Dia Miron
    • 1
  • Jérôme Gensel
    • 1
  • Marlène Villanova-Oliver
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Informatique de GrenobleSaint Martin d’Hères CedexFrance

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