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Revue Internationale de Géomatique

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About the Journal

With its international scientific commitments, Revue Internationale de Géomatique (RIG), gathers numerous research works from many countries and disciplines, such as geography, computer science, archeology, agronomy and social sciences. All these research projects require or develop approaches, methods or tools to solve, analyse or represent spatial problems on the geographical space. The journal involves different topics, from spatial object modelling to geospatial prospective, from sensors used in accurate imagery to territorial decision making. The articles can be application- oriented, or deal with theoretical or methodological issues. Thus, RIG allows a fruitful combination of technological features (e.g. Geographical Information Systems, high resolution remote sensing) and human purpose and behaviour in spatial analysis (e.g. participatory Geographical Information Systems, territorial planning). Geomatics also concerns many questions about our environment in the context of global change and sustainability, such as biodiversity, conservation, transport, mobility and land use. Most of the articles published in RIG are resulting from a strong co-operation between different institutes and disciplines, often coupling particular themes (micro-agronomy, coastal studies, mountainous development, for instance) and associated methodologies to design appropriate solutions from computer and geographical information sciences (generalize and matching geometries, spatial metadata management, spatial ontologies, etc.). Regularly published since 1991, Revue Internationale de Géomatique (RIG) publishes original articles in Sciences of Geographical Information, in French or in English.

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Emerging Source Citation Index (Web of Science); dblp Computer Science Bibliography.

Starting from Volume 31, Issue 3-4, 2022, REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE GEOMATIQUE (RIG) will be published by Tech Science Press. The submissions made before 19 April 2023 to the existing system will be processed continuously, and all new submissions and special issue proposals to be made by click the Submit button on this page.

All papers published at REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE GEOMATIQUE will be accessible using the same DOIs.

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    Dialogue ontologique entre deux approches

    Numérique versus symbolique

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 21-45, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.21-45
    Abstract The aim of this article is to compare a statistical approach, “geometric data analysis” (GDA), and a simulation approach, the multi-agent systems (MAS), considered as representative, respectively, of a numerical and a symbolic approach of modelling. The case study concerns segregation of scholar space in the Parisian area. First the different steps leading from a thematic question to the development of an operational model to analyze this question are presented. The central and essential role of a conceptual framework at the interface of both is shown. Indeed, before operationalisation, it is necessary to verify the compatibility between the theoretical backgrounds… More >

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    Appréhender le changement des catégories pour l’étude d’une dynamique spatiale sur le temps long

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 47-80, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.47-80
    Abstract Through three examples coming from long-term studies of population dynamics in France, intra and inter-urban, this paper shows that the introduction of some “a-historical” ontologies was required to implement quantitative analyses of spatial evolutions. However, we demonstrate that these ontologies are far from being neutral, and that they do not dissolve the specificity of the sources we used, but on the contrary, they constitute situated knowledge. Beyond these criticisms, the authors tend to argue that the process of construction and dialogue established around ontology is very beneficial to research, that it is a foundation for an interdisciplinary, shared and sustainable… More >

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    Explorer les processus de mobilité passée
    Raisonnement ontologique fondé sur la connaissance des pratiques socioculturelles et des vestiges archéologiques

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 81-110, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.81-110
    Abstract In this article we propose an original approach designed by archaeologists and a computer scientist for knowledge creation in studies of movement. Using case studies, we analyze how researchers have identified, conceptualized, and linked the material traces describing various movement processes in a given region. Then, we explain how we construct ontologies that enable us to explicitly relate material elements, identified in the observed landscape, to the knowledge or theory that explains their role and relationships within the movement process. Combining formal pathway systems, so-called « Path framework systems » and informal movement systems, so-called « Pathway systems », through… More >

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    Analyse des empreintes guidée par un modèle de connaissances pour la compréhension des dynamiques de navigation maritime côtière

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 111-133, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.111-133
    Abstract The spatial footprints, historical or acquired in real time, help to understand the dynamics of their carriers. In a context of coastal maritime navigation, the research presented details the approach of setting up a knowledge model aimed at a semantic analysis of ship footprints. This model is defined on the basis of knowledge gathered from experts in this field, supplemented by textual and graphic descriptions. After having described these navigation principles, we present the stages leading to such a knowledge model. The research is completed by the formalization of rules relating to the visibility of landmarks. Finally, a reasoning leads… More >

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    La genèse systémique d’empreinte pour une maîtrise de l’observation de la Terre

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 135-197, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.135-197
    Abstract This work is interested in observation, in scientific knowledge acquired from what is perceived (Link making Sense) from a complex systemic world. The approach leads to proposing the concept of imprint within the interdisciplinary framework “System – Reality – World as perceived – Model” and testing it against data, then to proposing systemic ontology as an approach. This makes it possible to deploy the Link making Shape from the systemic domain to the world as perceived, to analyze and describe the relevant part in the data and to show how the whole of this mostly symbolic work can contribute, with… More >

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    Une ontologie orientée objet pour la modélisation des socio-écosystèmes

    Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Vol.31, No.1, pp. 199-230, 2022, DOI:10.3166/RIG.31.199-230
    Abstract This article is a positional paper and an ontological contribution to the modelling of socio-ecosystems (SES). It is also an epistemic position that is anchored on the objectoriented approach. We thus propose a model of knowledge organisation that allows more complexity to be integrated into the multidisciplinary deconstruction and analysis of SES. This object-oriented ontological proposal is based on six concepts of high abstraction level allowing a transdisciplinary portability around the structures, functions, connections, phases, scales and adaptations of SES. After defining our position on object-oriented spatiotemporal modelling, we present the six concepts and explain the interest of a top… More >

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