Spatial Information System Development: The Role of Information Systems Design Theory and Ontologies

Spatial Information System Development: The Role of Information Systems Design Theory and Ontologies

Brian N. Hilton (Claremont Graduate University, USA), Richard J. Burkhard (San Jose State University, USA) and Tarun Abhichandani (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-075-2.ch002
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Abstract

An approach to an ontology-based information system design theory for spatial information system development is presented. This approach addresses the dynamic nature of information system development at the beginning of the 21st century and addresses the question of how to establish relationships between the various design components of a spatial information system. It should also help to automate and guide the design process while at the same time improve the quality of the process along with its outputs. An example of this approach is presented, along with examples of the various ontologies utilized in the design of this particular spatial information system. Finally, a method to mitigate the issues regarding the organization and management of a growing library of ontologies is discussed.

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