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WASOS: An Ontology for Modelling Traditional Knowledge of Sustainable Water Stewardship

Vlachidis, Andreas; Everard, Mark


Mark Everard
Associate Professor in Ecosystem Services


Recent work and publications concerning sustainable water stewardship in Raja-sthan (India) highlight how contemporary challenges are eroding traditional, communal approaches to water stewardship through mechanised extraction be-yond the renewable capacities of ecosystems. Our work is focused on developing a formal ontology for modelling the knowledge of traditional water stewardship in India’s drylands by capturing the key constitutional elements of regenerative methods. Our method follows an iterative evolving prototype process for deliver-ing the first version of the Ontology for Sustainable Water Stewardship (WASOS). The ontology contains a moderate number of high-level classes and properties that represent the water management decision-making process. By making key relationships visible, we aim to support decision-making in complex catchments particularly where there are contested urban and rural claims on water.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Oct 28, 2019
APA6 Citation Vlachidis, A., & Everard, M. (2019, October). WASOS: An Ontology for Modelling Traditional Knowledge of Sustainable Water Stewardship. Paper presented at MTSR 2019 - Metadata and Semantics Research Conference
Keywords Ecoinformatics, Water Stewardship, Ontology, Ecosystem, India.