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Mark, D.M. and Turk, A.G. (2003) Ethnophysiography. In: Workshop on Spatial and Geographic Ontologies, 23 September 2003, Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland



Ethnophysiography is a new term coined by the authors to refer to an ethnoscience of landforms. Ethnophysiography seeks to document and compare terms used in various languages and cultures to refer to the natural landscape and its parts, and the meanings of those terms. Ethnophysiography is an important part of efforts to construct ontologies of the geographic domain because the categories of landforms, water bodies, etc. are not clearly differentiated in nature the way terms for kinds of plants and animals typically are. Landscape terms and their meanings appear to subdivide reality differently in different cultures; thus clear definitions of meanings in an ontological framework with universal expressive power are needed if semantic interoperability across languages and cultures is to be achieved.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
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