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Geospatial Semantic Web

  • By: Joshua Lieberman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The term geospatial semantic web has been coined to describe the convergence of three distinct concepts in computing and geographic information science. The first is a geospatial web composed of geospatial information Web services. The second is geospatial semantics—the formal and computable definition of the meanings of geospatial terms. The third concept is the semantic web—representing the growth of the World Wide Web from a web of human-accessible content into a web of data traversed by machine agents.

Geospatial Web

Almost as soon as the World Wide Web came into being, so too did the idea that content on the Web might have a counterpart in the real world with a corresponding geospatial position, referred to as the spatialization of the Web. Position coordinates alone provided little ...

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