Image Matters LLC Releases its Geospatial Ontology

by | Oct 15, 2014

Leesburg, Virginia, October 6, 2014 “ Image Matters announces the public release of its comprehensive Geospatial-Semantic Ontologies through its participation in OGC's Interoperability Program. These ontologies have been formulated, tested and refined over the past decade through the course of many internal and collaborative research and development projects. They offer a proven candidate ontological foundation for the Semantic-Geospatial Web, which in turn will enable robust geospatial-semantic interoperability between different systems and domains of interest. Image Matters introduced this seminal work to the OGC community through the OGC Web Services initiative (OWS-10)

During the OWS-10 effort, Image Matters refined and thoroughly documented this modular set of core and cross-domain geospatial ontologies, which are defined in OWL (includes mereo-topology, spatial relations, locations, temporal ontologies, geometries, and events). These ontologies leverage existing standards (ISO 19xxx and GeoSPARQL), but have been modularized and adapted to better leverage the expressiveness of OWL and favor reusability and extensibility. Our contribution provides a key candidate building block for next generation Semantic-Geospatial Web. These ontologies are meant to bootstrap and drive geospatial-semantic interoperability on a widespread scale, says Stephane Fellah, Chief Knowledge Scientist at Image Matters.

Harry Niedzwiadek, CEO at Image Matters states, OGC represents a key catalyzing force in the marketplace for geospatial interoperability. As a company that is dedicated to this cause, our contribution is the right thing to do. We intend to work closely with the OGC community to submit it into the standardization process in 2015, and evolve it going forward.

About OGC  

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 495 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.

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About Image Matters LLC 

Image Matters LLC is a proven innovator that develops advanced software products and systems-engineering solutions for a variety of complex problem domains. Image Matters specializes in applications and technology for multi-tiered web service platforms, mobile solutions, geospatial-web, semantic web (linked data solutions), social web, sensor web, and big data analytics. Image Matters has an established track-record of success supporting clients in the commercial, defense, intelligence, homeland security, environmental, and natural resource management markets. Image Matters LLC is privately held with its headquarters in Leesburg, Va. For more information about the firm, visit


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