Using Semantic Similarity to Improve Information Discovery in Spatial Data Infrastructures


  • Fabio G. de Andrade Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Paraíba
  • Cláudio de S. Baptista Universidade Federal de Campina Grande


semantic, similarity, ontology, spatial data retrieval, spatial data infrastructures


In the recent years, several works have been proposed with an approach to the use of semantics to improve
the process of discovering geographic resources offered by spatial data infrastructures. However, semantic queries may
return a large number of results, what causes the necessity for e?cient ways to evaluate the relevance of each retrieved
result. This article proposes a framework that uses ontologies and thematic relevance to suggest a measurement that
allows evaluating how relevant is each resource offered by the infrastructure to the user's query. This feature allows
the results retrieved in a query to be organized through a ranking, in such a way that the most relevant resources are
presented to the user ?rst.


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