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Re: An introduction of LOD features of EUNIS

From: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 12:25:38 +0200
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To: Søren Roug <soren.roug@eea.europa.eu>
Cc: public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
Hi Søren

Interesting stuff indeed. Re. the "sites" did you think about linking to
geographical entities in the LOD cloud (Geonames, freebase, DBpedia,

For example in the description of http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/sites/AT930056

Using the geolocation elements

You can query the geonames webservices for the nearby populated place

Yielding the description of http://sws.geonames.org/2762642/  (Unterspitz,

Hence you could easily add to your description the following triple

<http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/sites/AT930056>  foaf:based_near  <



2010/6/5 Søren Roug <soren.roug@eea.europa.eu>

> Hi lod-public,
> Peter de Vries alerted me to the presence of this mailing list, and since
> you're currently discussing species modeling, I thought I would add my 2
> cents.
> I'm the maintainer of a site called EUNIS, which is used by the European
> Commission to determine whether species, habitat types or sites need a
> change
> in legislation and protection. There are about 200.000 species in the
> database. We have over the last couple of months given it an overhaul and
> added some linked data functionality. It is still a work in progress, and
> we'll continue the improvements. The way we have implemented Linked Data is
> to
> look at the accept header, and then either send text/html or
> application/rdf+xml without a redirection. This means that for e.g.
> http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/species/1038 the HTML and the RDF output is the
> same URL.
> A note about our semantics. We're not using the predicate
> skos:closeMatch like Pete. We have created two predicates.
> 1.       sameSynonym, which links a binomial name and author to the same
> binomial name and author in the foreign database. (taking into account
> different spellings and abbreviations). The purpose is to validate that our
> name is used by at least one other database.
> 2.       sameSpecies, which links from a EUNIS accepted name to an accepted
> name in the foreign database. The side-effect is that the species name
> might
> change when you follow the link. sameSpecies is a sub-property of
> owl:sameAs.
> We also have negative matches: notSameSynonym and notSameSpecies. These are
> used when there is a high likelyhood of assuming it is the same species,
> and a
> maintainer has determined it is not.
> Practical examples:
> Danaus plexippus (Monarch butterfly)
> http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/species/90910
> Canis lupus (Gray wolf) http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/species/90910
> The Polish site Lasy Janowskie http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/species/90910
> Best regards,
> Søren Roug
> European Environment Agency

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