Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2768

Full Length Research Paper

Semantic web services for implementing national spatial data infrastructures

Çetin Cömert1*, Deniztan UlutaÅŸ1, Halil Akıncı2 and Gülten Kara1        
1Karadeniz Technical University, Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering, Trabzon, Turkey. 2Ondokuz Mayıs University, Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering, Samsun, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 March 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2010



Either the business model or the requirements of “Sustainable Development” has rendered collaboration indispensable today. Spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) are widely accepted as the way of enabling collaboration among various parties. An SDI can be realized as an “interoperability infrastructure” which enables government, private sector, academia, and others involved to collaborate by allowing the usage of “data” and “services” of each other. Since there may be various parties involved, building and maintaining an SDI is an ambitious task. The two sub-infrastructures, “technological” and “institutional” ones of an SDI are need to be worked out. The interest of this work is to assess the potential of semantic web services (SWS) for the technological interoperability infrastructure of SDIs. For this aim, an SDI use case was implemented with SWS. It has been found that SWS are not mature enough yet for SDIs. However, they need to be researched further to be employed in the implementation of SDIs.


Key words: Spatial data infrastructures, semantic web services, interoperability, integrated coastal zone management.


SWS, Semantic web services; SDIs, spatial data infrastructures; ICT, information and communication 

technologies; ICZM, integrated coastal zone management; SOA, Service Oriented Architecture; W3C, world wide web 
consortium; WSDL, web services definition language.