Articles | Volume 11, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 3157–3170, 2011
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 3157–3170, 2011

Research article 05 Dec 2011

Research article | 05 Dec 2011

OntoFire: an ontology-based geo-portal for wildfires

K. Kalabokidis, N. Athanasis, and M. Vaitis K. Kalabokidis et al.
  • University of the Aegean, Department of Geography, 81100, Mytilene, Greece

Abstract. With the proliferation of the geospatial technologies on the Internet, the role of geo-portals (i.e. gateways to Spatial Data Infrastructures) in the area of wildfires management emerges. However, keyword-based techniques often frustrate users when looking for data of interest in geo-portal environments, while little attention has been paid to shift from the conventional keyword-based to navigation-based mechanisms. The presented OntoFire system is an ontology-based geo-portal about wildfires. Through the proposed navigation mechanisms, the relationships between the data can be discovered, which would otherwise not be possible when using conventional querying techniques alone. End users can use the browsing interface to find resources of interest by using the navigation mechanisms provided. Data providers can use the publishing interface to submit new metadata, modify metadata or removing metadata in/from the catalogue. The proposed approach can improve the discovery of valuable information that is necessary to set priorities for disaster mitigation and prevention strategies. OntoFire aspires to be a focal point of integration and management of a very large amount of information, contributing in this way to the dissemination of knowledge and to the preparedness of the operational stakeholders.