Special Issue "On Denotation and Connotation in Web Semantics, Collaboration and Metadata"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paolo Diviacco
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Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS
Interests: collaborative systems; computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW); data management; web-based visualization systems; metadata
Dr. Paolo Mazzetti
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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR
Interests: earth observations; information technology; web ontologies; metadata; data
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Dr. Alaitz Zabala Torres
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Departament de Geografia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: data; metadata; web semantics; remote sensing; signal processing
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Dr. Asch Kristine
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Department Geoscienific Information, International Cooperation, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover, Germany
Interests: data; metadata; geologic mapping; international collaboration; GIS.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Earth systems science is fundamentally cross-disciplinary. This, increasingly, requires sharing and exchange of geoscientific information among researchers with different backgrounds and traditions crossing discipline boundaries. This information can be both rich and complex, and content is often not readily interpretable by either humans or machines. In the former case the lack of common semantics, tacit knowledge, and different paradigms harm collaborative research blocking communication and preventing convergence of practices, exchange formats, and access mechanisms. The key to addressing such issues is possibly the representation of knowledge, acting as a map: guiding actors and driving collaboration. Several approaches, methods, and tools can be employed that rely either on the strict denotative formalization of knowledge or loose connotative pragmatics.

The lively scientific community behind EGU ESSI2.1 session is discussing these topics, bringing continuously new ideas and solutions. This Special Issue will collect all the voices that could help in this perspective.

Possible topics:

  • Collaborative scientific research in the geosciences
  • E-research, collaboratories, virtual research environments (VRE)
  • Reasoning in the geosciences.
  • Formalization of reasoning and knowledge and tools to support it. (semantics, web-semantics, ontologies, controlled vocabularies)
  • Representation of reasoning and knowledge (pragmatics, graphs, tags, annotations, and the like)
  • Philosophy, history, and sociology of science with a specific focus on the geosciences.
  • Data, information, and knowledge.
  • Metadata and data models

Dr. Paolo Diviacco
Dr. Paolo Mazzetti
Dr. Alaitz Zabala Torres
Dr. Asch Kristine
Guest Editor

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  • collaborative research
  • cross-disciplinary studies
  • knowledge representation
  • denotation
  • connotation
  • semantics
  • pragmatics
  • metadata

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A Framework Uniting Ontology-Based Geodata Integration and Geovisual Analytics
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(8), 474; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9080474 - 28 Jul 2020
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In a variety of applications relying on geospatial data, getting insights into heterogeneous geodata sources is crucial for decision making, but often challenging. The reason is that it typically requires combining information coming from different sources via data integration techniques, and then making [...] Read more.
In a variety of applications relying on geospatial data, getting insights into heterogeneous geodata sources is crucial for decision making, but often challenging. The reason is that it typically requires combining information coming from different sources via data integration techniques, and then making sense out of the combined data via sophisticated analysis methods. To address this challenge we rely on two well-established research areas: data integration and geovisual analytics, and propose to adopt an ontology-based approach to decouple the challenges of data access and analytics. Our framework consists of two modules centered around an ontology: (1) an ontology-based data integration (OBDI) module, in which mappings specify the relationship between the underlying data and a domain ontology; (2) a geovisual analytics (GeoVA) module, designed for the exploration of the integrated data, by explicitly making use of standard ontologies. In this framework, ontologies play a central role by providing a coherent view over the heterogeneous data, and by acting as a mediator for visual analysis tasks. We test our framework in a scenario for the investigation of the spatiotemporal patterns of meteorological and traffic data from several open data sources. Initial studies show that our approach is feasible for the exploration and understanding of heterogeneous geospatial data. Full article
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