From interoperability to interactivity: a test of exploratory visualization with semantic web technologies

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Collaborative efforts in earth science data collection, storage and service have promoted the interoperability of those data. For example, the standards coordinated by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have been used by various geological surveys to publish geological map services online, and a number of schemas (e.g., GeoSciML) and vocabularies (e.g., IUGS-CGI vocabularies) have been created to mediate geological map services across the world. We now have a better environment to discover, access, decode and browse distributed geological map services or, in short, the interoperability of those data is improved.

The flow from data to information to knowledge suggests us that, besides the interoperability, we also need interactivity of those geological map services in order to better understand the meaning of the contents of those maps and then make use of them. The interactivity here means a two-way flow of data and information between geological map services and users. Exploratory visualization is proposed here to support such interactions. Our understanding of exploratory visualization is that visualization can be used as an exploration tool throughout the research life cycle rather than just as an end product of scientific analysis.


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January 4, 2013
Patrick WestDownload