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Unnamed locations, underspecified regions, and other linguistic phenomena in geographic annotation of water-based locations

Leveling, Johannes (2010) Unnamed locations, underspecified regions, and other linguistic phenomena in geographic annotation of water-based locations. In: The 6th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval, 18-19 Feb 2010, Zurich, Switzerland. ISBN 978-1-60558-826-1

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Abstract

This short paper investigates how locations in or close to water masses in topics and documents (e.g. rivers, seas, oceans) are referred to. For this study, 13 topics from the GeoCLEF topics 2005-2008 aiming at documents on rivers, oceans, or sea names were selected and the corresponding relevant documents retrieved and manually annotated. Results of the geographic annotation indicate that i) topics aiming at locations close to water contain a wide variety of spatial relations (indicated by dierent prepositions), ii) unnamed locations can be generated on-the-fly by referring to movable objects (e.g. ships, planes) travelling along a path, iii) underspecied regions are referenced by proximity or distance or directional relations. In addition, several generic expressions (e.g. "in international waters") are frequently used, but refer to different underspecified regions.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Workshop
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:GIR; Toponyms; Annotation
Subjects:Computer Science > Information retrieval
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
Published in:Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval. . Association for Computing Machinery. ISBN 978-1-60558-826-1
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1722080.1722084
Copyright Information:© ACM, 2009. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval, (2009). http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1722080.1722084 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/nnnnnn.nnnnnn
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16445
Deposited On:25 Jul 2011 12:12 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 25 Jul 2011 12:12

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