Integrated coastal management, marine spatial data infrastructures, and semantic web services
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The aim of this work was to get acquainted with semantic web services (SWS) and assess their potential for the implementation of technical interoperability infrastructure of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). SDIs are widely accepted way of enabling collaboration among various parties allowing sharing of “data” and “services” of each other. Collaboration is indispensable given either the business model or other requirements such as that of “Sustainable Development” of the date. SDIs can be realized as “interoperability infrastructures” which enable government, private sector, academia, and all the others interoperate or collaborate effectively for their work. Since there may be various stakeholders involved, building and maintaining SDIs are ambitious tasks. The two sub-infrastructures, technical and institutional ones of an SDI are need to be worked out. The interest of this work is the implementation of technical interoperability infrastructure. There are two options for this implementation. The one is the prevalent, “syntactical” one and the other is the emerging “semantical” one. An SDI use case implementation of the syntactical option was already performed in the earlier works of the authors. In this work, an SDI use case, related also to Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) has been implemented using SWS. As the result, it has been found that SWS are not mature yet but they deserve to be researched and experienced more for all the technical requirements of SDIs to be met.