UMBEL - Annex J 20160510
UMBEL Annex Document - 20 April 2015
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- Version No.: 1.20
- TR 12-5-21-J
- Michael Bergman - Structured Dynamics
- Frédérick Giasson - Structured Dynamics
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- 1 INTRODUCTION
- 2 RATIONALE
- 3 MODULARIZATION AND SPLIT OF UMBEL
- 4 GEONAMES MAPPING
- 5 RECOMMENDED USES
- 6 ASSOCIATED FILES
- 7 ENDNOTES
This document describes: 1) the modularization of the UMBEL ontology and the split out of a specific 'Geo' (geographical) module; 2) mapping of the new UMBEL 'core' to the GeoNames geography knowledge base and ontology; and 3) recommended uses for these new structures. These changes occurred in conjunction with the preparation and release of UMBEL version 1.05.
Even in the early development of UMBEL there was a tension about the scope and level of what geographic information to include in its concept base. The initial decision was to support country and leading-country province and state concepts, and some leading cities. This decision was in the spirit of a general reference structure, but still felt arbitrary.
GeoNames is devoted to geographical information and concepts -- both natural and human artifacts -- and has become the go-to resource for locational information and concepts. Because of its dedicated nature, GeoNames is, and will likely remain, a superior source to the arbitrary geo-locational inclusions in UMBEL.
The decision was thus made to split out the initial geo-locational information in UMBEL and replace it with mappings to GeoNames. This decision also had the advantage of beginning a process of modularization of UMBEL. There may be other standard ontologies -- GoodRelations comes to mind, for example, in the area of products and services -- that might also provide useful adjuncts to the basic orienting structure of UMBEL. Modularization also provides users choice in how to deploy the system; see the recommended uses concluding section.
MODULARIZATION AND SPLIT OF UMBEL
Two sets of reference concepts were identified as useful for splitting out from the 'core' UMBEL in a geo-locational aspect:
- Geopolitical places and places of human activities and facilities
- Natural geographical places and features.
Thus, three iterations of manual inspection of the then-current UMBEL concept base was undertaken to identify and remove these concepts.
Resulting Modules and Statistics
- A total of 995 geopolitical reference concepts were removed based on these inspections
- A total of 860 natural place reference concepts were removed based on these inspections
- These removed concepts were then placed into a separate 'geo' module of UMBEL, including all existing annotations and relations and some other minor adjustments, resulting in a module of 1,854 concepts
- That left 26,022 concepts in UMBEL 'core'. Because of the need to add some new concepts for complete GeoNames mapping (see next) and other mappings (see Annex I, that resulted in a UMBEL 'core' of 26,046 concepts.
These are now the modular splits in UMBEL version 1.05.
GeoNames has a different structure to UMBEL. From a structural basis, it has few classes. It distinguishes its geographic information on the basis of some 671 feature codes. These codes span from geopolitical divisions -- such as countries, states or provinces, cities, or other administrative districts -- to splits and aggregations by natural and human features. Types of physical terrain -- above ground and underwater -- are denoted, as well as regions and landscape features governed by human activities (such as vineyards or ecological regions).
Fortunately, there are corresponding concepts for most of these feature codes already in UMBEL. Where they were lacking, some new concepts were also added to UMBEL (see below).
Class <-> Feature Mappings
The 671 GeoNames feature codes were thus manually mapped to corresponding classes in the UMBEL concepts. This mapping was done by, firstly, searching and inspecting the current UMBEL concept base for appropriate matches. If that mapping failed to find a rather direct correspondence between existing UMBEL concepts and the feature, the source concept reference of OpenCyc was then inspected in a similar manner. Failing a match from either of these two sources, the decision was to add a new concept to the 'core' UMBEL.
In the course of that effort, some 88 GeoNames feature codes without proper matches were added to UMBEL. Another three (3) feature codes were added back in from the source OpenCyc reference base for concepts.
Added OpenCyc Concepts
Three existing OpenCyc concepts were added for these mappings, as shown under the ID column for their respective Parent concepts:
|GeopoliticalEntity||SecondOrderAdministrativeDivision||second order administrative division||A subdivision of a first-order administrative division|
|GeopoliticalEntity||ThirdOrderAdministrativeDivision||third order administrative division||A subdivision of a second-order administrative division|
|GeopoliticalEntity||FourthOrderAdministrativeDivision||fourth order administrative division||A subdivision of a third-order administrative division|
Added UMBEL Concepts
As noted, another 88 new reference concepts were also added to UMBEL, as shown under the ID column for their respective Parent concepts::
|Path_Customary||AccessCorridor||corridor||A strip or area of land having significance as an access way|
|Stream, Bypass_Path||Anabranch||anabranch||A diverging branch flowing out of a main stream and rejoining it downstream|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Arrugado_Undersea||undersea arrugado||An area of subdued corrugations off Baja California|
|Building||AslyumBuilding||asylum||A facility where the insane are cared for and protected|
|Unrefined_oil, TopographicalFeature||AsphaltLake||asphalt lake||A small basin containing naturally occurring asphalt|
|BodyOfWater||BodyOfWater_Flowing||flowing body of water||A flowing body of water that moves at various speeds from rivers to slow-moving streams or slower|
|BodyOfWater||BodyOfWater_Small||small body of water||Bodies of waters that are smaller than lakes|
|BushyTerrain, OutdoorLocation||Bush_Clump||bush(es)||A small clump of conspicuous bushes in an otherwise bare area|
|GroundsOfOrganization, Workplace||BusinessCenter||business center||A place where a number of businesses are located|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Cavity_Undersea||undersea hole||A small depression of the sea floor|
|Channel_WaterPath||Channel_Lake||lake channel(s)||That part of a lake having water deep enough for navigation between islands, shoals, etc.|
|Channel_WaterPath||Channel_Narrows||narrows||A navigable narrow part of a bay, strait, river, etc.|
|GroundsOfOrganization||CoastGuardStation||coast guard station||A facility from which the coast is guarded by armed vessels|
|TopographicalFeature||Cone_Topographical||cone(s)||A conical landform composed of mud or volcanic material|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Continental_Rise_Undersea||undersea continental rise||A gentle slope rising from oceanic depths towards the foot of a continental slope|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Cordillera_Undersea||undersea cordillera||An entire mountain system including the subordinate ranges, interior plateaus, and basins|
|UnderwaterLocation||Deep_Undersea||deep||A localized deep area within the confines of a larger feature, such as a trough, basin or trench|
|Channel_WaterPath||Distributary||distributary(-ies)||A branch which flows away from the main stream, as in a delta or irrigation canal|
|DrainageBasin||DrainageArea||drainage basin||An area drained by a stream|
|Path_Spatial||DrainageDivide||divide||A line separating adjacent drainage basins|
|Region, GeopoliticalEntity||EconomicDevelopmentRegion||economic region||A region of a country established for economic development or for statistical purposes|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Escarpment_Undersea||undersea escarpment (or scarp)||An elongated and comparatively steep slope separating flat or gently sloping areas|
|GroundsOfOrganization||Facility_Government_US||united states government establishment||A facility operated by the United States Government in Panama|
|AgriculturalFacility||Facilty_Agricultural||agricultural facility||A building and/or tract of land used for improving agriculture|
|Facilty_Educational||Facilty_Educational||educational facility||A building or other structure used for the education of students|
|ArtificialWaterFeature||Facilty_Water||water facility||A building or other structure used for the storage, diversion, treatment, supply or use of water|
|Region, Facilities||FishingRegion||fishing area||A fishing ground, bank or area where fishermen go to catch fish|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Flat_Topographical_Undersea||undersea flat||A small level or nearly level area|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Fork_Topographical_Undersea||undersea forks||A branch of a canyon or valley|
|Fossil, NaturalThing, OutdoorLocation||FossilForest||fossilized forest||A forest fossilized by geologic processes and now exposed at the earth's surface|
|CapitalCityOfRegion||FourthOrderSeat||fourth order seat||Seat of a fourth-order administrative division|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Fracture_Zone_Undersea||undersea fracture zone||An extensive linear zone of irregular topography of the sea floor, characterized by steep-sided or asymmetrical ridges, troughs, or escarpments|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Furrow_Topographical_Undersea||undersea furrow||A closed, linear, narrow, shallow depression|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Gap_Topographical_Undersea||undersea gap||A narrow break in a ridge or rise|
|GeopoliticalEntity||GeopoliticalDependentEntity||geopolitical dependency||Dependent political entity|
|CapitalCityOfRegion||GeopoliticalEntitySeat||geopolitical entity seat||Seat of government of a political entity|
|GeopoliticalEntity||GeopoliticalIndependentEntity||independent geopolitical entity||Independent political entity|
|GeopoliticalEntity||GeopoliticalIndependentEntityPart||independent political entity section||Section of independent political entity|
|GeopoliticalEntity||GeopoliticalSemiIndependentEntity||semi-independent political entity||Semi-independent political entity|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Gully_Undersea||undersea gully||A small valley-like feature|
|PopulatedPlace||HaltingPlace||halting place||A place where caravans stop for rest|
|GroundsOfOrganization, Workplace||Headquarters_Park||park headquarters||A park administrative facility|
|Channel_WaterPath||Headwater||headwaters||The source and upper part of a stream, including the upper drainage basin|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Hill_Undersea||undersea hill||An elevation rising generally less than 500 meters|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||HillRange_Undersea||undersea range||A series of associated ridges or seamounts|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Knoll_Undersea||undersea knolls||Elevations rising generally more than 500 meters and less than 1,000 meters and of limited extent across the summits|
|NaturalRegion||LakeRegion||lake region||A tract of land distinguished by numerous lakes|
|Facilty_Educational||LearningCenterBuilding||continuous learning center||A center or facility for continuous learning|
|LotOfLand||LeasedTerritory||leased area||A tract of land leased by the United Kingdom from the People's Republic of China to form part of Hong Kong|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Ledge_Topographical_Undersea||undersea ledge||A rocky projection or outcrop, commonly linear and near shore|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Levee_Undersea||undersea levee||An embankment bordering a canyon, valley, or seachannel|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Mesa_Undersea||undersea mesa||An isolated, extensive, flat-topped elevation on the shelf, with relatively steep sides|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Moat_Undersea||undersea moat||An annular depression that may not be continuous, located at the base of many seamounts, islands, and other isolated elevations|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Mountain_Undersea||undersea mountains||Well-delineated subdivisions of a large and complex positive feature|
|Junction_Connector, TransportFacility||OilPipeline_Juncture||oil pipeline junction||A section of an oil pipeline where two or more pipes join together|
|TopographicalFeature||Pan_Topographical||pan (topographical)||A near-level shallow, natural depression or basin, usually containing an intermittent lake, pond, or pool|
|Unrefined_oil, TopographicalFeature||PetroleumBasin||petroleum basin||An area underlain by an oil-rich structural basin|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Pinnacle_Undersea||undersea pinnacle||A high tower or spire-shaped pillar of rock or coral, alone or cresting a summit|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Plateau_Undersea||undersea plateau||A comparatively flat-topped feature of considerable extent, dropping off abruptly on one or more sides|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Platform_Undersea||undersea platform||A flat or gently sloping underwater surface extending seaward from the shore|
|ReclaimedLandBasin||Polder||polder||An area reclaimed from the sea by diking and draining|
|PopulatedPlace||PopulatedLocality||populated locality||An area similar to a locality but with a small group of dwellings or other buildings|
|PopulatedPlace||PopulatedPlaceDestroyed||destroyed populated place||A village, town or city destroyed by a natural disaster, or by war|
|PopulatedPlace||PopulatedPlacePart||populated place section||Section of a populated place|
|Facilty_Educational||PreparationCenter||exam preparation center||Exam preparation center|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Province_Undersea||undersea province||A region identifiable by a group of similar physiographic features whose characteristics are markedly in contrast with surrounding areas|
|RoadwayJunction, Junction_Connector, TransportFacility||RailwayJunction||railroad junction||A place where two or more railroad tracks join|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Ravine_Undersea||undersea ravine||A small canyon|
|GeographicalRegion||Region_Artifactual||artifactual region||A geographical region that is not natural; that has been defined by human activities or use|
|PopulatedPlace||ReligiousSettlement||religious populated place||A populated place whose population is largely engaged in religious occupations|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Ridge_Undersea||undersea ridge||A long narrow elevation with steep sides|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Rise_Undersea||undersea rise||A broad elevation that rises gently, and generally smoothly, from the sea floor|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Saddle_Undersea||undersea saddle||A low part, resembling in shape a saddle, in a ridge or between contiguous seamounts|
|SaltFlat||SaltArea||salt area||A shallow basin or flat where salt accumulates after periodic inundation|
|GroundsOfOrganization||ScienceResearchBase||scientific research base||A scientific facility used as a base from which research is carried out or monitored|
|Channel_WaterPath||Seachannel||seachannel||A continuously sloping, elongated depression commonly found in fans or plains and customarily bordered by levees on one or two sides|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Shelf_Valley_Undersea||undersea shelf valley||A valley on the shelf, generally the shoreward extension of a canyon|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Sill_TerrainFeature_Undersea||undersea sill||The low part of a gap or saddle separating basins|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Slope_Topographical_Undersea||undersea slope||The slope seaward from the shelf edge to the beginning of a continental rise or the point where there is a general reduction in slope|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Spur_Topographical_Undersea||undersea spur||A subordinate elevation, ridge, or rise projecting outward from a larger feature|
|Channel_WaterPath||StreamBend||stream bend||A conspicuously curved or bent segment of a stream|
|Channel_WaterPath||StreamMouth||stream mouth(s)||A place where a stream discharges into a lagoon, lake, or the sea|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Terrace_Topographical_Undersea||undersea terrace||A relatively flat horizontal or gently inclined surface, sometimes long and narrow, which is bounded by a steeper ascending slope on one side and by a steep descending slope on the opposite side|
|GeographicalPlace||TriangulationPlace||triangulation station||A point on the earth whose position has been determined by triangulation|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Trough_Topographical_Undersea||undersea trough||A long depression of the sea floor characteristically flat bottomed and steep sided, and normally shallower than a trench|
|UnderwaterTopographicalFeature||Valley_Undersea||undersea valley||The axial depression of the mid-oceanic ridge system|
|BodyOfWater_Flowing||WaterCurrent||water current||A horizontal flow of water in a given direction with uniform velocity|
|Workplaces||Workplace_Temporary||temporary work office||A temporary work office|
Note that the predominant share of new concepts is related to underwater terrain features. This is a minor source of information, but provides completeness to GeoNames nonetheless.
Choice of Mapping Predicate
As noted, there is a structural difference between UMBEL and GeoNames. This does not lend itself to typical mapping approaches.
As Annex H observes, for some time the semantic Web community has grappled with the issue of the
owl:sameAs predicate. Among other options along a spectrum of relatedness is the desire to assign a predicate that is meant to represent the same kind of thing, yet without knowing if the relationship is an equivalence (identity, or
owl:sameAs), a subset, or merely just a member of relationship.
In this case between feature code and a true class relationship, we want an umbrella property that is generally equivalent or
owl:sameAs in nature, but perhaps if known precisely might actually encompass a degree of approximation. The appropriate choice here is
umbel:correspondsTo, which was designed specifically for this purpose. To understand how this predicate applies, it is worthwhile to repeat its formal specification:
|Description||The property |
This predicate is designed for the circumstance of aligning two different ontologies or knowledge bases based on node-level correspondences, but without entailing the actual ontological relationships and structure of the object source. For example, the
This property asserts a different and stronger relationship than
This property is therefore used to create a nearly equivalent assertion (however, with the degree of that equivalence being unknown or unknowable) between an external instance or class and a Reference Concept class.
This predicate is thus the basis for the 671 mappings between UMBEL and GeoNames feature codes.
Here are some tentative guidances as to how to use these modules and mappings.
There are thus three modes in which one can now work with UMBEL:
- With UMBEL 'core' alone, recommended when your concept space is not concerned with geographical information
- UMBEL 'core' plus the UMBEL 'geo' module -- equivalent to prior versions of UMBEL, or
- UMBEL 'core' plus GeoNames, recommended where geographical information is important to your concept space.
You can load the core UMBEL without the modules, and if you want a module, simply import it into the ontology. Then, all the concepts will properly relate to the concepts of the UMBEL core.
If used in a modular fashion, your should:
- Load the base reference concepts (https://github.com/structureddynamics/UMBEL/blob/master/Reference%20Structure/umbel_reference_concepts.n3 in this case)
- then, either:
- load the UMBEL geo module, or
- invoke a mapping file to an external correspondence (using GeoNames in our case).
In the latter case, you may use SPARQL queries with the
umbel:correspondsTo predicate to achieve the desired retrievals. If more logic is required, you will likely need to look to a rules-based addition such as SWRL or RIF to capture the
- The UMBEL 'core' module is available at https://github.com/structureddynamics/UMBEL/blob/master/Reference%20Structure/umbel_reference_concepts.n3
- The UMBEL 'geo" module is available at https://github.com/structureddynamics/UMBEL/blob/master/Modules/geo/umbel_geo.n3
- The UMBEL-GeoNames mapping file is available at https://github.com/structureddynamics/UMBEL/blob/master/External%20Ontologies/geonames.n3
- For GeoNames information and use, see.
- For more information on GeoNames, see http://www.geonames.org/. The complete mapping to GeoNames is based on its 671 feature codes, which describe natural, geopolitical, and human activity geo-locational information; see further http://www.geonames.org/statistics/total.html.
- See http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/.
- See these statistics and codes related to the GeoNames feature codes: http://www.geonames.org/statistics/total.html
- See further the discussion of the use of OpenCyc in the UMBEL specifications.
- Approximate relationships are discussed in M.K. Bergman, 2010. "The Nature of Connectedness on the Web," AI3:::Adaptive Information blog, November 22, 2010; see http://www.mkbergman.com/935/the-nature-of-connectedness-on-the-web/. One option, for example, is the
x:corefpredicate from the UMBC Ebiquity group; see further Jennifer Sleeman and Tim Finin, 2010. "Learning Co-reference Relations for FOAF Instances," Proceedings of the Poster and Demonstration Session at the 9th International Semantic Web Conference, November 2010; see http://ebiquity.umbc.edu/_file_directory_/papers/522.pdf. In the words of Tim Finin of the Ebiquity group:The solution we are currently exploring is to define a new property to assert that two RDF instances are co-referential when they are believed to describe the same object in the world. The two RDF descriptions might be incompatible because they are true at different times, or the sources disagree about some of the facts, or any number of reasons, so merging them with
owl:sameAsmay lead to contradictions. However, virtually merging the descriptions in a co-reference engine is fine -- both provide information that is useful in disambiguating future references as well as for many other purposes. Our property (
:coref) is a transitive, symmetric property that is a super-property of
owl:sameAsand is paired with another,
:notCorefthat is symmetric and generalizes
When we look at the analog properties noted above, we see that the property objects tend to share reflexivity, symmetry and transitivity. We specifically designed the
umbel:correspondsTopredicate to capture these close, nearly equivalent, but uncertain degree of relationships.
- SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language) combines sublanguages of the OWL Web Ontology Language (OWL DL and Lite) with those of the Rule Markup Language (Unary/Binary Datalog). SWRL has the full power of OWL DL, but at the price of decidability and practical implementations. See further http://www.w3.org/Submission/SWRL/.
- The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is a W3C Recommendation. RIF is based on the observation that there are many "rules languages" in existence, and what is needed is to exchange rules between them. RIF includes three dialects, a Core dialect which is extended into a Basic Logic Dialect (BLD) and Production Rule Dialect (PRD). See further http://www.w3.org/2005/rules/wiki/RIF_FAQ.