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The SSN ontology of the W3C semantic sensor network incubator group

: Compton, Michael; Barnaghi, Payam; Bermudez, Luis; García-Castro, Raúl; Corcho, Oscar; Cox, Simon; Graybeal, John; Hauswirth, Manfred; Henson, Cory; Herzog, Arthur; Huang, Vincent; Janowicz, Krzysztof; Kelsey, W.D.; Le-Phuoc, Danh; Lefort, Laurent; Leggieri, Myriam; Neuhaus, Holger; Nikolov, Andriy; Page, Kevin; Passant, Alexandre; Sheth, Amit; Taylor, Kerry


Web semantics 17 (2012), pp.25-32
ISSN: 1570-8268
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Fraunhofer FOKUS ()
ontology; Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); semantic web service; interoperability

The W3C Semantic Sensor Network Incubator group (the SSN-XG) produced an OWL 2 ontology to describe sensors and observations - the SSN ontology, available at The SSN ontology can describe sensors in terms of capabilities, measurement processes, observations and deployments. This article describes the SSN ontology. It further gives an example and describes the use of the ontology in recent research projects.