Full tittle:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nKavouras, M., and Kokla, M., “Geographic Ontologies and Society”, in Nyerges, T., Couclelis, H., McMaster, R.B. (Eds.), “The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society Research”, Sage Publications, ISBN: 9781412946452, 2010\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAbstract:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nOne of the fundamental questions for GIScience is the conceptualization of geographic reality and its accurate semantic definition and representation. Especially due to the need of Society in general to facilitate the access, understanding, and use of geographic information by a wide and heterogeneous group of users through the development of the WWW and Spatial Data Infrastructures, these questions are even more critical and up-to-date than ever. The present Chapter explores notions relative to geographic information conceptualization and semantic representation and presents their potential usefulness in the socioeconomic context. It focuses on the conceptualization of geographic concepts, their distinctive characteristics and their underlying theories, as well as the definition and representation of the meaning of geographic concepts through the development of geographic ontologies.\r\n\r\nView more or order: here