As part of SDI4Apps pilot Open INSPIRE4Youth (see more http://sdi4apps.eu/project-information/pilot-applications/pilot-5-open-inspire4youth/ or in deliverable http://sdi4apps.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/D6_2_initial_deployment_of_single_pilot_platforms_v08.pdf ) we started build semantic geospatial infrastructure for educational purposes.
One of the interesting tasks of the pilot is creating ontologies for those mentioned geographic objects. After creating those ontologies and then storing the data in RDF format and uploading it to Virtuoso, it is possible to query the data based on created ontologies, taking into account different interesting relationships between the classes. This can be very useful as in some cases it is impossible precisely to define some of the relationships by geometrical/topological means or even by visual means.
The semantic to such games brings a lot. It allows to add pictures and description of the places automatically if needed – for example from DB:Pedia. Also as was mentioned below it allows explore various interesting relationships between the objects: rivers and towns, mountains and provinces, lakes and habitats of water bird species, countries and forests, and in questions all these relationships can be combined for example we have following classes: cities, provinces, countries and rivers then we can ask such question ‘find the city with more then 100 000 inhabitants, that lies in x province, on the bank of x river, that flows through x,y,z countries?’. It can well be filled with the picture of the most famous monument from that city from DB:Pedia.
The Apps provides spatial analysis and build semantic linkage among different types of data. Like for example: river A is crossing countries A, B, C. Protected area X is in countries Y. Z. The results of analysis are stored as RDF files, so it allows different types of queries and educational scenarios. The next images show examples of derived ontologies:
During MedHack http://www.medhackathon.eu/ , we would like extend this data infrastructure and we would like start with development of different Apps (first such demo is here http://youth.sdi4apps.eu/geoquiz) to support new form of education. We would like invite any people to join us on MedHack personally or remotely and start with us to cooperate on improving data models (adding different vocabularies) support multilingualism, add local data and promote this in schools of your regions.