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By Gilles Falquet, Claudine Métral, Jacques Teller, Christopher Tweed

Ontologies are more and more well-known as crucial instruments in info technological know-how. even if the innovations are good understood theoretically , the sensible implementation of ontologies is still tough. during this e-book, researchers in desktop technology, info structures, ontology engineering, city making plans and layout, civil and construction engineering, and structure current an interdisciplinary examine of ontology engineering and its software in city improvement tasks. the 1st a part of the ebook introduces the overall idea of ontology, describing diversifications in abstraction point, assurance, and ritual. It additionally discusses using ontologies to accomplish interoperability, and to symbolize a number of issues of view and multilingualism. this can be illustrated with examples from the city area. the second one half is particular to city improvement. It covers spatial and geographical wisdom illustration, the construction of city ontologies from quite a few wisdom assets, the interconnection of city types and the interplay among criteria and area versions. The 3rd half provides case reports of the advance of ontologies for city mobility, city morphological approaches, highway structures, and cultural historical past. different circumstances record at the use of ontologies to resolve city improvement difficulties, in development enterprise types, construction laws and concrete regeneration. It concludes with a dialogue of key demanding situations for the long run deployment of ontologies during this area. This publication bridges the distance among city practitioners and machine scientists. because the essence of so much city tasks lies in making connections among worldviews, ontology improvement has a tremendous function to play, in selling interoperability among information assets, either formal (urban databases, construction built-in versions, Geographical details platforms etc.) and no more formal (thesauri, textual content files, net assets etc.). This quantity deals a accomplished creation to ontology engineering for city improvement. it's crucial studying for practitioners and ontology designers operating in city improvement.

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