An Ontology for Experimentation with a Social Simulation of Land Use Change

J. G. Polhill, Edoardo Pignotti, Nicholas Gotts, Peter Edwards, Alun David Preece

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In the FEARLUS (Framework for the Evaluation and Assessment of Regional Land Use Scenarios) project, we have developed a methodology for experimenting with our agent-based model of land use change. In a collaboration with the University of Aberdeen (one of the ESRC’s e-Social Science Initiative Pilot Demonstrator Projects), we have developed an ontology for this methodology, and enabled access to it via the Semantic Grid (Pignotti et al., 2005). Here, we present the ontology, showing how it enhances the rigour of reported outputs from agent-based models with stochastic elements, and briefly describe how the ontology and its realisation on the Grid contributes further to developing good science (Moss, 2004; Moss & Edmonds, 2004) in the area of Agent-Based Social Simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRepresenting Social Reality
Subtitle of host publicationPre-Proceedings of the Third Conference on the European Social Simulation Association (Koblenz September 5-9, 2005)
EditorsK G Troitzsch
ISBN (Print)3-934795-33-1, 978-3-934795-33-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • ontology
  • social simulation
  • land use
  • escience


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