RE: Spatial context

Hi all, 

In this thread it becomes clear, as Andrea and other already pointed out, that the term 'spatial context' is causing confusing for us. I think we should not use it in this stage of our work. Let's use either the term 'spatial data' or 'spatial information' with broad meaning. 

There are a lot of good examples and descriptions in this thread about what could be meant by 'spatial data'. I think we should use these to fill the glossary Frans Knibbe proposed  in [1].


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Van: Andrea Perego [] 
Verzonden: vrijdag 20 februari 2015 1:16
Aan: Karl Grossner
Onderwerp: Re: Spatial context

Hi, Karl.

> [snip]
> I'm guessing the "spatial data" in the list was meant to refer to all of that, and is common usage -- although I prefer "spatiotemporal," or even better, "geographic."

This is also how I intended it. As Frans and Ed rightly pointed out [1,2], the SDW WG brings together two different communities, using different terminologies and semantics. Based on my experience, creating a common understanding across different domains requires introducing loose semantics and even ambiguity in notions having a precise and formally defined meaning in the different communities.

So, this is why I used "spatial data" in its broader (and, possibly,
common) sense. But I think that using "spatial information", as Ed proposed [2], is actually better.

> I don't understand what is meant by "spatial context" in this conversation but think it does no harm to add it as criteria for considering use cases.

My concern is that this may complicate the interpretation of the
question: We are using this notion in different ways, and we should clearly work towards an agreement on how we want to use "spatial context". But this is probably not something to be addressed in the preliminary evaluation of use cases.

> I also think we will arrive at a working extensional definition of spatial data by considering all the use cases people consider as concerning spatial data or spatial context.

I totally concur.




Received on Friday, 20 February 2015 07:43:48 UTC