Ontological Engineering for the Cadastral Domain

Erik Stubkjær, Heiner Stuckenschmidt

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The term 'ontology' has been used in many ways and across different communities. In th
following we will introduce ontologies as an explication of some shared vocabulary or
conceptualization of a specific subject matter. The main problem with the use of a shared
vocabulary according to a specific conceptualization of the world is that much
information remains implicit. Ontologies have set out to overcome the problem of
implicit and hidden knowledge by making the conceptualization of a domain (e.g.
mathematics) explicit.

Ontological engineering is thus an approach to achieve a conceptual rigor that
characterizes established academic disciplines, like geodesy. Many university courses
address more application oriented fields, like cadastral law, and spatial planning, and they
may benefit from the ontological engineering approach. The paper provides an
introduction to the field of ontological engineering by means of examples from the
cadastral domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUDMS'99 Proceedings of : 21st Urban Data Management Symposium
Number of pages10
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publication date2000
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventUrban Data Management Society - Venedig, Italy
Duration: 21 Apr 199923 Apr 1999
Conference number: 21


ConferenceUrban Data Management Society

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