Spatial Information Extraction from Text Using Spatio-Ontological Reasoning (Short Paper)

Authors Madiha Yousaf, Diedrich Wolter

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Madiha Yousaf
  • University of Bamberg, Germany
Diedrich Wolter
  • University of Bamberg, Germany

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Madiha Yousaf and Diedrich Wolter. Spatial Information Extraction from Text Using Spatio-Ontological Reasoning (Short Paper). In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 114, pp. 71:1-71:6, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


This paper is involved with extracting spatial information from text. We seek to geo-reference all spatial entities mentioned in a piece of text. The focus of this paper is to investigate the contribution of spatial and ontological reasoning to spatial interpretation of text. A preliminary study considering descriptions of cities and geographical regions from English Wikipedia suggests that spatial and ontological reasoning can be more effective to resolve ambiguities in text than a classical text understanding pipeline relying on parsing.

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  • Computing methodologies → Information extraction
  • spatial information extraction
  • geo-referencing
  • spatial reasoning


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