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Qualitative modelling of place location on the linked data web and GIS

Almuzaini, Khalid 2017. Qualitative modelling of place location on the linked data web and GIS. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

When asked to define where a geographic place is, people normally resort to using qualitative expressions of location, such as north of and near to. This is evident in the domain of social geography, where qualitative research methods are used to gauge people’s understanding of their neighbourhood. Using a GIS to represent and map the location of neighbourhood boundaries is needed to understand and compare people’s perceptions of the spatial extent of their neighbourhoods. Extending the GIS to allow for the qualitative modelling of place will allow for the representation and mapping of neighbourhoods. On the other hand, a collaborative definition of place on the web will result in the accumulation of large sets of data resources that can be considered “location-poor”, where place location is defined mostly using single point coordinates and some random combinations of relative spatial relationships. A qualitative model of place location on the Linked Data Web (LDW) will allow for the homogenous representation and reasoning of place resources. This research has analysed the qualitative modelling of place location on the LDW and in GIS. On the LDW, a qualitative model of place is proposed, which provides an effective representation of individual place location profiles that allow place information to be enriched and spatially linked. This has been evaluated using the application of qualitative spatial reasoning (QSR) to automatic reasoning over place profiles, to check the completeness of the representation, as well as to derive implicit links not defined by the model. In GIS, a qualitative model of place is proposed that provides a basis for mapping qualitative definitions of place location in GIS, and this has been evaluated using an implementation-driven approach. The model has been implemented in a GIS and demonstrated through a realistic case study. A user-centric approach to development has been adopted, as users were involved throughout the design, development and evaluation stages.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 November 2017
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 10:43
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/106368

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