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Semantic web services interoperability for geospatial decision making

Objective

Today, a number of non-semantic web services are available within the geospatial domain. The scarcity of semantic annotation and the lack of a supportive environment for discovery and retrieval make it difficult to employ such services to solve a specific task in geospatial decision making. SWING aims at deploying Semantic Web Service (SWS) technology in the geospatial domain. In particular, we address two major obstacles that must be overcome for SWS technology to be generally adopted, i.e. to reduce the complexity of creating semantic descriptions and to increase the number of semantically described services.

Today, a comprehensive knowledge of logics, ontologies, metadata and various specification languages is required to describe a service semantically. We will develop methods and tools that can hide the complexity - and automate the creation - of the necessary semantic descriptions. The objective of SWING is to provide an open, easy-to-use SWS framework of suitable ontologies and inference tools for annotation, discovery, composition, and invocation of geospatial web services. SWING builds on the DIP and SEKT IPs, by adopting, combining and reinforcing their results. A main key to the solution is adapting the SWS technology of DIP to handle geospatial services and content. Another key is utilising and advancing the technology of SEKT to annotate geospatial services with semantic information.

A targeted synergy between these two research initiatives are demanded to maintain and extend Europe's leading role in SWS. The SWING framework and pilot application will increase the use of distributed and heterogeneous services in geospatial decision making. The results can be reused in other domains and will boost the availability of semantic services and bring the vision of the SWS a great leap forward. Exploitation of SWING's results will provide Europe's decision makers and citizens with a new paradigm of information retrieval and new business opportunities.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HOEGSKOLE
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway

Participants (6)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
Address
39-43, Quai Andre Citroen - Tour Mirabeau
Paris
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
IONIC SOFTWARE SA
Belgium
Address
Rue De Wallonie 18
4460 Grace-hollogne
LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road -
Galway
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany