Ontop of Geospatial Databases

Conference paper

We propose an OBDA approach for accessing geospatial data stored in relational databases, using the OGC standard GeoSPARQL and R2RML or OBDA mappings. We introduce extensions to an existing SPARQL-to-SQL translation method to support GeoSPARQL features. We describe the implementation of our approach in the system ontop-spatial, an extension of the OBDA system Ontop for creating virtual geospatial RDF graphs on top of geospatial relational databases. We present an experimental evaluation of our system using and extending a state-of-the-art benchmark. To measure the performance of our system, we compare it to a state-of-the-art geospatial RDF store and confirm its efficiency.