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Development of ontologies for earth system science

Rob Raskin
Development of ontologies for earth system science (in Geoinformatics; data to knowledge, A. Krishna Sinha (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2006) 397: 195-199


The Semantic Web for Earth and Environmental Terminology (SWEET) is a NASA-funded prototype to explore the technological challenges in making the semantic Web a reality for earth system science data and information. SWEET includes an extensive collection of ontologies written in the Ontology Web Language (OWL). These ontologies encompass both faceted (decomposed) concepts and integrative (unifying) concepts. Taken together, these enable a representation of the two science processes of reductionism and synthesis. SWEET stores ontology elements optionally in a DBMS (database management system), with a two-way translator between the XML and DBMS representations. SWEET also includes wrappers for large external online database (gazetteers, earthquakes, etc.) to enable their contents be virtual components of the ontologies (

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 397
Title: Development of ontologies for earth system science
Title: Geoinformatics; data to knowledge
Author(s): Raskin, Rob
Author(s): Sinha, A. Krishnaeditor
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Pages: 195-199
Published: 2006
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 0-8137-2397-3
References: 8
Accession Number: 2006-043281
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200624
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