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Re: Ordnance Survey Linked Data

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:01:29 -0400
Cc: <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-Id: <77124DF1-7E77-4485-826F-024F08DBD530@cyganiak.de>
To: "John Goodwin" <John.Goodwin@ordnancesurvey.co.uk>
Hi John,

Nice! Congrats on releasing this. Seems ready to be linked up with  
voting data, MPs, etc etc...

Am I right that this covers England, Scotland and Wales, but not  
Northern Ireland?

A few quick comments on technical stuff:

1. "Upward" links, in addition to the downward "contains"  
relationships and horizontal "borders" links, would be nice. E.g., I  
can navigate from Greater London down to Clerkenwell, but not the  
other way round. If you add those links, then some top-level entities  
(England etc) would be quite handy to aid navigation.

2. The URIs of the various Ordnance Survey ontologies all seem to be  
404, e.g.
Are there definitions (OWL/RDFS files) of those? Any chance of making  
them dereferenceable?

3. Is there any way to search for IDs, except by using SPARQL queries?  
This works, but is not very satisfying: SELECT * WHERE { ?x ?y  
"Cardiff" }

Cheers, and see you around the Westfield,

On 23 Oct 2009, at 20:51, John Goodwin wrote:

> Hi,
> Ordnance Survey now has some "linked" data up at:
> data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
> This data includes identifiers and names for the administrative and  
> voting areas of Great Britain. Explicit geometries are not included  
> in the RDF, but there are topological relationships included between  
> regions which should be of use for many applications.
> For a given region there are containment, overlap and spatial  
> equivalence relations given between it and other regions.  
> Furthermore, bordering information is given between "similar"  
> entities. For example, explicit bordering information is given  
> between wards. There is also bordering information between unitary  
> authorities, counties etc.
> If you wish to see the boundary on a map then area code and unit ID  
> attributes can be used in the OS OpenSpace API to display the  
> boundary.
> So for example, for Southampton (http://data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/id/7000000000037256 
> ) the area code is UTA (for unitary authority) and the unit ID is  
> 37256. These values can be used as follows:
>     /*here we set-up the our variable called 'boundaryLayer' with  
> the strategies that we require.
>    In this case, it is its ID and type i.e. Unitary Authority */
>    boundaryLayer = new OpenSpace.Layer.Boundary("Boundaries", {
>    strategies: [new OpenSpace.Strategy.BBOX()],
>    admin_unit_ids: ["37256"],
>    area_code: ["UTA"]
>       });
>    //then we add the bounadry to the map
>    osMap.addLayer(boundaryLayer);
>    //this effectively refreshes the map, so that the boundary is  
> visible
>    osMap.setCenter(osMap.getCenter());
> to display the Southampton boundary. See http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/openspace/support.html 
>  for more details.
> John
> (apologies for any typos but this was written whilest jetlagged)
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