Context based interoperability to support infrastructure management in municipalities

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2010




Interoperability between Geographic Information System (GIS) of different infrastructure companies is still a problem to be handled. Infrastructure companies deal with many operations as a part of their daily routine such as a regular maintenance, or sometimes they deal with unexpected situations such as a malfunction due to natural event, like a flood or an earthquake. These situations may affect all companies and affected infrastructure companies response to these effects. Responses may result in consequences and in order to model these consequences on GIS, GISs are able to share information, which brings the interoperability problem into the scene. The present research, aims at finding an answer to interoperability problem between GISs of different companies by considering contextual information. During the study, the geographical features are handled as the major concern and interoperability problem is examined by targeting them. The model constructed in this research is based on the ontology and because the meaning of the terms in the ontology depends on the context, ontology based context modeling is also used. v In this research, a system implementation is done for two different GISs of two