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Re: Linked railway data for the UK

From: Daniel O'Connor <daniel.oconnor@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 08:30:56 +0930
Message-ID: <106cc1200905141600t262ad543od6fb5cab8c7e0e23@mail.gmail.com>
To: Libby Miller <libby@nicecupoftea.org>
Cc: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>, public-lod@w3.org
On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 9:15 PM, Libby Miller <libby@nicecupoftea.org>wrote:

> very cool Toby!
> Did you know there was a database of all public transport nodes in the UK?
> http://www.naptan.org.uk/
> Michael Smethurst pointed me at this lately: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOPS
> which is interesting at the level of identifying rolling stock (perhaps you
> don't want to go quite that far :-)
> http://uktrains.pbworks.com/ has some good stuff too, including twitter
> feeds, semi-related perhaps?
> Libby
> On 14 May 2009, at 12:19, 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#

Worth a look in:

11,000+ stations and growing.
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