Approaching Cross-Domain Search in Environmental Applications – Towards Linked Data

  • Gerald Schimak
  • Luca Petronzio
  • Tomas Pariente Lobo
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 413)


TaToo – Tagging tool based on a semantic discovery framework, a project funded by the European Commission provides a web-based solution for easy and accurate discovery as well as tagging of environmental resources. The novelty relies on a semantic framework integrating different domain ontologies in a multi-domain and multilingual context. The underlying ontology framework, comprises besides the different domain ontologies (e.g. related to climate change, agro-environmental and anthropogenic impact domains) also concepts and methods to establish a mapping between the domain ontologies and so-called minimal environmental resource model (MERM). Together this forms a suitable and usable bridge ontology allowing a cross-domain discovery by using aligned ontologies concepts from different domains. The clear advantage for the end-user is that he is now able to find relevant information stemming from other domains, (like from impact of pollutant, climate change or temperature on human health) that he would not have found before but would be even more important to him that the ones only from his domain of expertise. The TaToo semantic framework extends cross-domain search evolving towards the Linked Data initiative by providing a linking functionality. The cross-domain search can be extended including in the search results also linked resources.


semantics information enrichment cross-domain search discovery annotation 


  1. 1.
    Havlik, D., Schimak, G.: The Tragedy of Meta Information. In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 12 (2010)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Polfreman M.: Cross-domain searching of library, archive and museum metadata – some considerations. Museums and Images JISC-FAIR Cluster Group - Cross Domain Searching Issues Paper; Document Date: July 1 (2004)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Woodley, M.: Crosswalks: the path to universal access. In: Introduction to Metadata: Pathways to Digital Information, Getty Information Institute, Los Angeles (2000), Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Pariente Lobo, T., Fuentes, J.M., Sanguino, M.A., Yurtsever, S., Dihe, P., Nesic, S., Avellino, G., Petronzio, L.: Semantic Framework Implementation Prototype, Deliverable 4.1.3 of TaToo project, Public Document (2012),
  5. 5.
    Gómez-Pérez, A., Motta, E., Suárez-Figueroa, M.C.: NeOn Methodology in a Nutshell. NeOn-Book (2010),
  6. 6.
    NeOn-Toolkit: The NeOn Toolkit,
  7. 7.
    Suárez-Figueroa, M.C., et al.: NeOn D5.4.1. NeOn Methodology for Building Contextualized Ontology Networks (February 2008)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Kaufmann, A., Peters-Anders, J.: Refined Scenario Definition – Case 1- V3, Deliverable 5.1.7 of TaToo project, Public Document (2012),
  9. 9.
    Donatelli, M., Fanchini, D.: Refined Scenario Definition – Case 2- V3, Deliverable 5.1.8 of TaToo project, Public Document (2012),
  10. 10.
    Kubásek, M., Hřebíček, J.: Refined Scenario Definition – Case 3- V3, Deliverable 5.1.9 of TaToo project, Public Document (2012),
  11. 11.
    Schimak, G., Božić, B., Kaufmann, A., Peters-Anders, J., Dihé, P., Pariente Lobo, T.: The TaToo Semantic Case – Requirements, impacts and applications. In: Pillmann, W., Schade, S., Smits, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 25th EnviroInfo 2011: Innovations in Sharing Environmental Observation and Information, vol. 2, pp. 832–847. SHAKER Verlag (2011)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Dihe, P., Avellino, G., Petroncio, L., Pariente, T., Fuentes, J.M., Yurtsever, S., Rizzoli, A., Nesic, S., Božić, B., Schimak, G.: Semantic Service Environment and Framework Architecture V3, Deliverable 3.1.3 of TaToo project, Public Document (2012),
  13. 13.
    OWL 2 Web Ontology Language,
  14. 14.
    GEONAMES: GeoNames ontology,
  15. 15.
    OWL-Time, OWL time ontology,
  16. 16.
    Avellino, G., Lobo, T.P., Schimak, G., Rizzoli, A.E., Dihé, P.: Applying semantics in the environmental domain: The TaToo project approach. In: Pillmann, W., Schade, S., Smits, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 25th EnviroInfo 2011: Innovations in Sharing Environmental Observation and Information, vol. 2, pp. 848–855. SHAKER Verlag (2011)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Avellino, G., Petronzio, L., Lobo, T.P., Lopez, J.M.F., Yurtsever, S.: The TaToo Portal – Tagging and Discovery within TaToo. In: Pillmann, W., Schade, S., Smits, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 25th EnviroInfo 2011: Innovations in Sharing Environmental Observation and Information. SHAKER Verlag (2011)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Dihé, P., et al.: An Architecture for the Semantic Enhancement of Environmental Resources. In: Hřebíček, J., Schimak, G., Denzer, R. (eds.) ISESS 2011. IFIP AICT, vol. 359, pp. 372–384. Springer, Heidelberg (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Schimak
    • 1
  • Luca Petronzio
    • 2
  • Tomas Pariente Lobo
    • 3
  1. 1.AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHViennaAustria
  2. 2.Telespazio SpaRomeItaly
  3. 3.Atos SpainMadridSpain

Personalised recommendations