Models for sustainability

Berta Cormenzana, Maria Cristina Marinescu, Monica Marrero, Sergio Mendoza, Salvador Rueda, Rosario Uceda-Sosa

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This paper describes a semantic model for urban sustainability and its implementation as an ontology. The ontology functions as an integration layer for the heterogeneous data sources used to calculate the set of sustainability indicators. These indicators are integrated in the semantic model so they can be indexed by geographical area, semantic concept, or key sustainability category, and they can be accessed through the ontology vocabulary. Users can explore and query both the model and the instance data mapped to it. At a more abstract level, this approach can help with understanding the potentially contradicting effects of changes in the values of the parameters that are modeled, running alternative scenarios and comparing options, and ultimately, selecting solutions that optimize the performance metrics of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 1st International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467365529
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2015 - Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 25 Oct 201528 Oct 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE 1st International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2015


Conference1st IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2015


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