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A Semantic View on Planetary Mapping – Investigating Limitations and Knowledge Modeling through Contextualization and Composition

van Gasselt, Stephan and Naß, Andrea (2023) A Semantic View on Planetary Mapping – Investigating Limitations and Knowledge Modeling through Contextualization and Composition. Remote Sensing, 15 (6). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs15061616. ISSN 2072-4292.

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The concept of planetary mapping constitutes different activities within different contexts. Much like the field of cartography, it is an amalgamation of science, techniques, and artistic disciplines. It has undergone considerable changes over the last decades to cope with increasing demands related to data management, analysis, and visualization. Planetary mapping employs abstraction, which involves simplifications and generalizations. It aims to produce accessible visualization of planetary surfaces to gain insights and knowledge. Here, we show that different manifestations of this concept are interdependent and we discuss how different mapping concepts relate to each other semantically. We reason that knowledge gain can only be achieved through thematic mapping. The reasoning for systematic mapping and exploration is an intellectual product of thematic mapping. In order to highlight these relationships, we (a) develop in-depth definitions for different types of planetary mapping, (b) discuss data and knowledge flow across different mapping concepts, and (c) highlight systemic limitations related to data that we acquire and attempt to abstract through models. We finally develop a semantic proto-model that focuses on the transformation of information and knowledge between mapping domains. We furthermore argue that due to compositionality, map products suffer not only from abstraction but also from limitations related to uncertainties during data processing. We conclude that a complete database is needed for mapping in order to establish contextualization and extract knowledge. That knowledge is needed for reasoning for planning and operational decision making. This work furthermore aims to motivate future community-based discussions on functional semantic models and ontologies for the future development of knowledge extraction from thematic maps

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/194577/
Document Type:Article
Title:A Semantic View on Planetary Mapping – Investigating Limitations and Knowledge Modeling through Contextualization and Composition
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
van Gasselt, StephanGeomatics Group, Department of Land Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei 11605, Taiwanhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2130-6343UNSPECIFIED
Naß, AndreaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7172-5170UNSPECIFIED
Date:17 March 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:remote sensing; planetary data; planetary mapping; thematic cartography; reference maps; knowledge extraction; semantic models; ontology; data lineage; geologic mapping
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Exploration of the Solar System
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Naß, Dr. Andrea
Deposited On:25 Apr 2023 12:06
Last Modified:28 Nov 2023 13:16

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