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geo property removed from PostalAddress?

From: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:48:37 +0200
Cc: "public-vocabs@w3.org Org" <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Message-Id: <46315254-6C61-4CDD-B517-A67628430176@ebusiness-unibw.org>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Dear Dan,

If I am not mentally retarded, I am pretty sure that until yesterday, the geo property could also have been attached to a http://schema.org/PostalAddress. 

Now it seems to be gone and the Google Structured Data Testing tool starts complaining that geo was not defined for PostalAddress in schema.org. It is still available for http://schema.org/Place and its subtypes, as expected.

Is that correct? I think that from a conceptual modeling perspective, both is arguably correct. Attaching the geo-position to a place and to an address means using the same property with two slightly different meaning:

- geo attached to a place means the place can be found at that position
- geo attached to an address means the address approximately translates to the geo-position.

So it is "ontologically" cleaner as it is now. From a search engine perspective, however, you may want to allow people to support the translation from addresses to geo-positions or to provide precise geo-position if the address encompasses a bigger polygon.


martin hepp
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