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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2009 vol. 24)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 66-77
Boyan Brodaric , Geological Survey of Canada
Florian Probst , SAP Research
E-Science is increasingly being used to address scientific problems that require cross-disciplinary knowledge, such as climate change, natural disasters, and environmental health. However, the ontologies used to represent scientific knowledge are largely unidisciplinary and need to be integrated to enable big e-Science. The authors investigate the potential of the Dolce foundational ontology to aid the integration of two geoscientific knowledge representations, the Sweet ontology and the GeoSciML schema, to meet the requirements of a cross-disciplinary use case focused on groundwater pollution estimation. They connected the domain ontologies via the foundational ontology, leading to new and improved relations between the domain ontologies that enabled satisfaction of the use case. Although the integrated ontology, called Dolce Rocks, contains some semantic inconsistencies resulting from incompatibilities among the ontologies, the overall results suggest that foundational ontologies can play an important role in cross-disciplinary e-Science.
ontology design, earth and atmosphere sciences, e-Science

B. Brodaric and F. Probst, "Enabling Cross-Disciplinary E-Science by Integrating Geoscience Ontologies with Dolce," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 24, no. , pp. 66-77, 2009.
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