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Place names and Points of Interest -- Interest Group starting up

From: Raj Singh <rsingh@opengeospatial.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:19:03 -0400
To: "public-poiwg@w3.org W3C" <public-poiwg@w3.org>, openpoidb-announce@lists.opengeospatial.org
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Over the past few years, a strong community of interest has evolved around information technologies for developing databases of place names and points of interest, and also the search interfaces and gazetteers that provide the query tools for these databases. 

This email is an invitation to join an ad hoc, international group of people interested in implementing these systems, which I'll just call POIs for short. I've been involved in the World Wide Web POI Working Group [1], which approached the topic from an information modeling standpoint, and the American Assoc. of Geographers workshop, where practitioners shared their experiences. 

Many of us now feel the time is right to keep the momentum going, and have a slightly more formal channel for occasional communication. Some of us are implementing the W3C's draft spec [2], and are looking to partner in my effort to create a unified, global  linked database of all POI information with the OpenPOIs Repository [3]. And some are just looking for data modeling commiseration. No matter what your take on the POI world is, please join us.

If you're interested, please do the following:

1) Subscribe to this mailing list: 
all communications about meeting times and phone numbers will be there

2) Join us for monthly teleconferences
These will occur at 3pm UTC / 11am US Eastern on the first Thursday of each month.
The teleconference line is +1 760 569 7100 passcode: 616269

3) Pass along this email to whomever you think may be interested in joining the conversation!

[1] http://www.w3.org/2010/POI/
[2] http://www.w3.org/2010/POI/documents/Core/latest
[3] http://openpoi.ogcnetwork.net/

p.s. my organization, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), is providing the mailing list and teleconference line for this group, but this is in no way a standards effort, or in any way sponsored by OGC, or represents an official position of OGC.

Raj Singh
+1 (617) 642-9372
The OGC: Making location count.
Received on Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:19:30 UTC

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