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Re: Countries and ISO 3166

From: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:55:29 +0200
Message-ID: <485BA8C1.8010004@mondeca.com>
To: Simon Reinhardt <simon.reinhardt@koeln.de>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org

François-Paul, Simon

For the details
1.  lingvoj.org provides so far URI only for ISO 639 languages, not for 
ISO 3166 countries.
2. At the time the OASIS Technical Committee published the geolang "PSI 
set" at http://psi.oasis-open.org/geolang/iso3166/ we wanted to just 
show what an official organisation could do to publish permanent URIs 
for its reference "subjects". Hoping ISO or any authoritative 
organisation will follow up. Note that it was done in a topi map-ish 
spirit, so those URIs are not exactly conformant to Linked Data 
recommended practice. Remind you this was published in 2002.

For the big picture I wish we had some ISO codes  Linked Data space 
maintained by ISO itself, but there is no sign of such a thing like ISO 
entering the Linked Data space AFAIK. But this is a general issue I 
think the "Linked Data shopping list" is trying to address. 
Authoritative organisations defining those widely used codes are not 
rushing into publishing those codes as linked data.
So you have those private initiatives like geonames.org and lingvoj.org, 
of which launch maintenance is a private initiative, depending on good 
will and bandwidth of basically a single person for each resource. 
Availability and reliability of such codes are far too important to 
consider such a solution sustainable, so we as a community have really 
to be proactive towards the authoritative sources, find good arguments 
to push them to publish, and help them technically to do so properly. 
Mondeca started to do that with french INSEE two years ago, see 
http://rdf.insee.fr/geo/, but the result so far is very small compared 
to the potential (and not even proper linked data).


Simon Reinhardt a écrit :
> François-Paul Servant wrote:
>> Are the IS0 3166-1 country codes available in one of the Linked Data 
>> spaces?
> http://lingvoj.org/
> Regards,
>  Simon


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