Using open geographic data to generate natural language descriptions for hydrological sensor networks

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© 2015, by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Providing descriptions of isolated sensors and sensor networks in natural language, understandable by the general public, is useful to help users find relevant sensors and analyze sensor data. In this paper, we discuss the feasibility of using geographic knowledge from public databases available on the Web (such as OpenStreetMap, Geonames, or DBpedia) to automatically construct such descriptions. We present a general method that uses such information to generate sensor descriptions in natural language. The results of the evaluation of our method in a hydrologic national sensor network showed that this approach is feasible and capable of generating adequate sensor descriptions with a lower development effort compared to other approaches. In the paper we also analyze certain problems that we found in public databases (e.g., heterogeneity, non-standard use of labels, or rigid search methods) and their impact in the generation of sensor descriptions.

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Molina, M., Sanchez-Soriano, J., & Corcho, O. (2015). Using open geographic data to generate natural language descriptions for hydrological sensor networks. Sensors (Switzerland), 15(7), 16009–16026. https://doi.org/10.3390/s150716009

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