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Costa-Casais M.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit | Caetano Alves M.I.,University of Minho
Geoheritage | Year: 2013

Over the last decade, a knowledge base has been built up worldwide in relation to geological heritage and geodiversity, and respective working methodologies. However, the absence of knowledge and technical information by the local, regional and national authorities about geosites makes it difficult to create appropriate legislation and to assure a good management. There is also a public ignorance about geological processes and their relationship to biodiversity, as well as their value as natural heritage. This study focuses on the Autonomous Community of Galicia (NW Spain), specifically the "Southern Coast" area established in the Planning Programme for the Coast (POL) and brings to light the importance of the Quaternary deposits and associated landforms. The study concludes that the Southern Coast should be recognized as an area-type geosite. Taking into account the evaluation of their scientific value, the landforms of Oia and San Xián are proposed as geosites. Legal mechanisms of protection need to be reinforced and new, more specific ones, developed in tandem that make reference to the fact that these landforms exemplify environmental records of the past. This area is unique on a national level due to the scientific and educational value of the deposits. Therefore, they should be proposed to the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) for inclusion in the general list of geosites of the Spanish State. © 2013 The European Association for Conservation of the Geological Heritage.


Henderson-Sellers B.,University of Technology, Sydney | Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit | Walkerden G.,Macquarie University
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing | Year: 2013

The influence of mainstream philosophy on conceptual modelling and on modelling language development has historically been arcane or, at best, not recognized, whilst modellers might in fact implicitly espouse one particular philosophical tenet. This paper describes and discusses philosophical stances applied to conceptual modeling in order to make such influences explicit so that we, as conceptual modellers, can take the next step. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.


Sousa K.,Catholic University of Louvain | Vanderdonckt J.,Catholic University of Louvain | Henderson-Sellers B.,University of Technology, Sydney | Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Journal of Visual Languages and Computing | Year: 2012

This work aims at evaluating a graphical notation for modelling software (and other kinds of) development methodologies, thus demonstrating how useful the graphical aspects can be for sharing knowledge between the people responsible for documenting information and those responsible for understanding and putting it into practice. We acknowledge the importance of having a common set of symbols that can be used to create, use and disseminate information for a larger audience than is possible today with a variety of alternatives and lack of a common ground. Using a cognitive dimensions framework, we make a standard evaluation of the elements and diagrams of the notation proposed to support the ISO/IEC 24744 methodology metamodel standard, considering the trade-offs between different dimensions. We suggest improvements to this existing notation based on this analysis, in the context of improving communication between creators and users of methodologies. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Henderson-Sellers B.,University of Technology, Sydney | Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit | McBride T.,University of Technology, Sydney | Low G.,University of New South Wales
Computer Standards and Interfaces | Year: 2014

Software engineering standards developed under the auspices of ISO/IEC JTC1's SC7 have been identified as employing terms whose definitions vary significantly between standards. This led to a request in 2012 to investigate the creation of an ontological infrastructure that aims to be a single coherent underpinning for all SC7 standards, present and future. Here, we develop that necessary infrastructure prior to its adoption by SC7 and its implementation (likely 2014). The proposal described here requires, firstly, the identification of a single comprehensive set of definitions, the definitional elements ontology (DEO). For the scope of an individual standard, only a subset of these definitional elements will be needed. Once configured, this definitional subset creates a configured definitional ontology or CDO. Both the DEO and the CDO are essentially foundational ontologies from which a domain-specific ontology known as a SDO or standard domain ontology can be created. Consequently, all such SDOs are conformant to a CDO and hence to the single DEO thus ensuring that all standards use the same ontological base. Standards developed in this fashion will therefore be not only of a higher quality but also, importantly, interoperable. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Proceedings - International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science | Year: 2013

Conceptual modelling allows us to create simplified representations of reality that remove unnecessary detail in order to focus on what is relevant. However, this process of detail removal usually entails an unintended loss of information regarding the temporal variation of reality, the subjective perspectives that there may exist on it, and the different degrees of vagueness that we may have about it. Such 'soft' aspects are highly informative about reality, and a conceptual modelling approach capable of capturing them would allow users to create more expressive and accurate models. This paper presents the mechanisms that have been implemented in ConML to cater for the modelling of temporality and subjectivity. © 2013 IEEE.


Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Proceedings - International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science | Year: 2012

Conceptual modelling is usually accepted as a crucial technique for exploring, understanding, documenting and communicating complex domains. It is then paradoxical that a context where highly complex domains are very common, that of humanities and social sciences specialists reasoning about their fields, lacks appropriate conceptual modelling tools. This paper introduces ConML, a conceptual modelling language designed to be affordable for end users with no previous exposure to information technologies, and created with humanities and social sciences in mind. Some practical experiences about its usage in different scenarios are described, and future research directions and presented. © 2012 IEEE.


Martin-Rodilla P.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Proceedings - International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science | Year: 2012

In most cases, the studied software in the cultural heritage domain has been designed from the perspective of other disciplines, such as forestry engineering, geography or documentation. In the Institute of Heritage Sciences, the cultural heritage is studied as a research topic, with methodologies to study the cultural heritage activities and considering the processing of data derived from these processes like a way to add value and knowledge in these contexts [4]. From this perspective, this paper shows a process of requirement elicitation with cultural heritage professionals and the needs identified by them. It mainly focuses on the identification of interaction human-computer (IHC) needs. © 2012 IEEE.


Martin-Rodilla P.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
GRAPP 2013 IVAPP 2013 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications | Year: 2013

We investigate on how to build software systems that assist cultural heritage researchers to reconstruct past events on the basis of present data. In this setting, knowledge-assisted visualization can be a useful mechanism to improve the knowledge generation process and emphasise collaboration. However, a useful visualization depends on the goals of the user and the specific research problem involved. In this position paper we present a set of case studies to defend the study of cognitive inferences through discourse analysis and its typologies as a starting point in the knowledge-assisted elicitation process. Once a complete study of usual inferences in the cultural heritage domain is done, the visualization needs in this domain will be easier to determine and apply, attaining our objective of knowledge-assisted visualization.


Parcero-Oubina C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

The paper makes an overview on the current state of GIS-based initiatives to share Heritage information in Spain, pointing at some of the issues that explain why this field is still greatly under developed, with the exception of a few regions: fragmentation or arguable policies about data sharing. Contrastingly, demands for a wider access to Heritage data are increasing, and unofficial agents, both from the academic realm or just from the civil society, have begun to fulfill those demands with the development of different web based services. Some examples of these are also presented. The paper ends with some remarks on the current situation and perspectives on future developments. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Gonzalez-Perez C.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit | Martin-Rodilla P.,Institute of Heritage science Incipit
Proceedings - International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science | Year: 2016

Most literature in conceptual modelling focuses on the development of models. However, models, once created, must be used, which requires that the model is as usable as possible. Often, usage scenarios for a model are only vaguely clear at model creation time, so model usability should be considered as a relevant problem, especially in relation to conformance (creating instance models that conform to a base type model) and extension (creating extended models that build on a base one). In this paper, we propose a particular mechanism, model views, that allow model users to customise, to certain extent, what a model looks like, and thus adapt it to their usage scenario. Model views are fully described, and two case studies regarding very different situations are reported as a form of validation. The results obtained show that model views significantly add flexibility and customisation control during model conformance and extension efforts. © 2016 IEEE.

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