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Re: Linked railway data for the UK

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 07:36:47 -0400
Message-ID: <4A0C024F.6070408@openlinksw.com>
To: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
CC: public-lod@w3.org, dataincubator@googlegroups.com
Toby Inkster wrote:
> I saw this on the linkeddata.org shopping list a few days ago, and
> thought it would be a good thing to noodle with in my spare time. So
> I've turned my screen scraping expertise at various railway-related
> websites and put together this:
>
> http://ontologi.es/rail/
>
> It's still at a very early stage. Stations have URIs like:
>
> http://ontologi.es/rail/stations/gb/VIC (London Victoria)
> http://ontologi.es/rail/stations/gb/STP (London St Pancras)
> http://ontologi.es/rail/stations/gb/MAN (Manchester Piccadilly)
> http://ontologi.es/rail/stations/gb/LIV (Liverpool Lime Street)
>
> If you know a station's three-letter Computer Reservation System code,
> then you should be able to work out its URI. (I don't have any plans to
> include data for other countries, but if anyone else is doing this, I'm
> happy to provide 303 redirects.)
>
> Data is published in XHTML+RDFa, but server-side scripts are on hand to
> translate to RDF/XML, Turtle, N-Triples and JSON if you hit those URIs
> with the proper HTTP Accept header magic. (Or if you can't be bothered
> to set the Accept header, then a simple '.ttl', '.nt', '.rdf' or '.json'
> at the end will do the trick.)
>
> This is still a fairly early draft. I plan on including some
> geonames.org links from each station to the town it serves. There are
> owl:sameAs links to dbpedia.org (though some of these hit redirect
> pages, so some work is still needed). The "facilities" area is also
> going to be improved. I'd be happy to receive suggestions as to what
> other improvements people would like.
>
> As part of the same project, I've created a rail vocabulary:
>
> 	http://ontologi.es/rail/vocab#
>
> Terms that people might find useful are:
>
> 	* rail:nearest_station
> 	  The nearest station to a geo:SpatialThing.
>
> 	* rail:home_station
> 	  The station a foaf:Agent considers to be 'home'.
> 	  (This is more appropriate than rail:nearest_station
> 	  for people - people are capable of motion, so their
> 	  rail:nearest_station can vary with time!)
>
> -Toby
>
>
>
>   
Very impressed!

Some links to prove the essential deliverance of multiple views of the 
same things due to inherent separation of: identity, access, 
representation, and presentation:

1. 
http://linkeddata.uriburner.com/about/html/http://ontologi.es/rail/stations/gb/VIC 

2. http://tr.im/ljQ8  --


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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	      Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
President & CEO 
OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
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