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We discuss locations as defined by their qualitative spatial relations to other features, dubbed qualitative locations (QL). We further propose a mechanism to handle queries with qualitative locations in geospatial information systems. For the realization of the mechanism for QL-based queries, we propose a conceptual framework that takes advantage of models of qualitative spatial reasoning to bridge the gap between conventional metric spatial information systems and the general publicÕsdoi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2004.08.001 fatcat:5vdxnwwi6zcujhxb2lra7tuktm