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The case for transforming the geological survey knowledge system: where digital geoscience spatial models meet the semantic grid

Loudon, T.V.. 2006 The case for transforming the geological survey knowledge system: where digital geoscience spatial models meet the semantic grid. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 397. 16, pp. 10.1130/2006.2397(15)

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Abstract/Summary

As the Internet develops into a more powerful cyberinfrastructure (the Grid), Geological Survey knowledge will enter a framework where users assess its value by its relevance and evaluated reliability rather than its source, and artificial boundaries of place and discipline lose significance. Within Geological Surveys, much effort has been devoted to the development of the geological map through digital cartography. Consequently, a firm base already exists for more radical change to the geoscience knowledge system. The geoscience map is prepared from field records and structured data, and given meaning through the illustrated text narratives of map explanations. A more comprehensive view of this knowledge system is needed to gain the full benefits of the Grid. The flexibility of markup languages can link narrative to database, spatial modeling and semantic representations, and thereby combine the insights of human understanding with the power of computation. Rationalizing and extending the scope of existing ontologies (specifications of conceptualizations) to align their structure and vocabularies could provide a more comprehensive conceptual view. Thus, a major challenge for Geological Surveys will be to transform their knowledge system to conform to a new service-oriented infrastructure devised by others and its future evolution determined by users.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1130/2006.2397(15)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Information Systems Development
BGS Programmes > Digital Geoscience Spatial Model
ISSN: 0072-1077
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Bibliographic Reference: Loudon, T.V. 2006. The case for transforming the geological survey knowledge system: Where digital spatial models meet the semantic Grid, in Sinha, A.K. ed. Geoinformatics: Data to Knowledge: Geological Society of America Special Paper 397, p201-209
Additional Keywords: Geoscience survey, digital cartography, spatial model, markup language, semantic grid, cyberinfrastructure
NORA Subject Terms: Computer Science
Data and Information
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 29 Jan 2008 11:54
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1950

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