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Title: A semantic web approach to land use regulations in urban planning: the OntoZoning ontology of zones, land uses and programmes for Singapore
Authors: Silvennoinen, Heidi
Chadzynski, Arkadiusz
Farazi, Feroz
Grišiūtė, Ayda
Shi, Zhongming
von Richthofen, Aurel
Cairns, Stephen
Kraft, Markus
Raubal, Martin
Herthogs, Pieter
Keywords: Other
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Silvennoinen, H., Chadzynski, A., Farazi, F., Grišiūtė, A., Shi, Z., von Richthofen, A., Cairns, S., Kraft, M., Raubal, M. & Herthogs, P. (2023). A semantic web approach to land use regulations in urban planning: the OntoZoning ontology of zones, land uses and programmes for Singapore. Journal of Urban Management, 12(2), 151-167.
Journal: Journal of Urban Management
Abstract: Semantic web technologies have the potential to significantly improve urban regulatory data access, integration and usability, with potentially large implications for planning practice. Ontologies are a cornerstone of the semantic web. In this paper, we describe OntoZoning, an ontology representing relationships between zoning types, land uses and programmes (more specific land uses) in Singapore. We link the ontology to geospatial data stored in a knowledge graph, which allows executing multi-domain queries on urban data. We demonstrate how such a semantic web based approach can improve access to and usability of land use regulation data, and in particular facilitate site selection and exploration. We also discuss the difficulty of defining some concepts in the land use regulation field, and how OntoZoning could be linked to a broader semantic-web based urban planning regulatory framework.
ISSN: 2226-5856
DOI: 10.1016/j.jum.2023.02.002
Schools: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering 
Organisations: CARES Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education, Singapore
Rights: © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Zhejiang University and Chinese Association of Urban Management. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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