Policy Reasoning

The ability of a computer system to apply a rule or rules, intended to promote a conceptual goal, to a set of facts related to a course of action.

A tool that could be beneficial to the data mining community is one that facilitates the seamless integration of knowledge bases and databases. This kind of tool could form the foundation of a data mining system capable of finding interesting information using ontologies.

We present a research effort into the application of semantic web methods and technologies to address the challenging problem of integrating heterogeneous volcanic and atmospheric data in support of assessing the atmospheric effects of a volcanic eruption.

We aim to inform the development of decision support tools for resource managers who need to examine large complex ecosystems and make recommendations in the face of many tradeoffs and conflicting drivers.