A Case for Geographic Masses

Author Brandon S. Plewe

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Brandon S. Plewe
  • Department of Geography, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States

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Brandon S. Plewe. A Case for Geographic Masses. In 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 142, pp. 14:1-14:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


Geographic masses, the stuff we deal with that cannot be categorized as geographic objects, comprise a crucial but largely unrecognized component of the core ontology of geographic information. Although masses have been rarely acknowledged in GIScience, they appear in geographic discourse just as often as objects. A concise but consistent formal definition of a geographic mass particular, which distinguishes a mass from an object, can be applied to any endurant phenomena, enabling a richer understanding of the geographic milieu, and more informed decision making during modeling and analysis processes.

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  • Computing methodologies → Ontology engineering
  • Computing methodologies → Spatial and physical reasoning
  • Ontology
  • Masses


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