Naive Geography

M. Egenhofer and D. Mark
COSIT `95, Semmering, Austria, A. Frank and W. Kuhn (eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 988, Springer-Verlag, pp. 1-15, September 1995.


This paper defines the notion and concepts of Naive Geography, the field of study that is concerned with formal models of the common-sense geographic world. Naive Geography is the body of knowledge that people have about the surrounding geographic world. Naive Geography is envisioned to comprise a set of theories that provide the basis for designing future Geographic Information Systems that follow human intuition and are, therefore, easily accessible to a large range of users.