Semantically Refining the Groundwater Markup Language (GWML2) with the Help of a Reference Ontology

Torsten Hahmann, Shirly Stephen, Boyan Brodaric
2016 International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings  
Reference ontologies are intended to aid domain ontology design, identify gaps and inconsistencies in representations of domain information, and facilitate data interoperability. The application of a reference ontology to the water domain is untested. We present findings from using a first-order logic reference ontology for the water domain, the Hydro Foundational Ontology (HyFO), to identify and remedy semantic gaps and inconsistencies in the Groundwater Markup Language (GWML2), a data model
more » ... r groundwater information with less detailed formal semantics. We express GWML2 as a logical extension of HyFO, thereby improving GWML2's compatibility with other hydro data models. We derive general desiderata for a "good" domain reference ontology in the geosciences and discuss the benefits one can expect from their use for the ontological analysis of geoscience data models.
doi:10.21433/b3118cz973mw fatcat:ai3rofrzhbcljgxyqrgpd3qkmy