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Re: [Fwd: Geonames enters the Semantic Web]

From: Joshua Lieberman <jlieberman@traversetechnologies.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 22:07:39 -0400
Message-Id: <427EE8E4-1D7A-4432-9EDC-06042C4C3B55@traversetechnologies.com>
Cc: public-xg-geo@w3.org, Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, marc@geonames.org
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Dan,

It looks like an interesting and valuable contribution. Naturally,  
I'd love to see it updated at some point with more standard feature  
and geolocation elements, but toponym ontologies (collections and  
individuals) are an essential part of any geospatial semantic web  
duality (serving as the DNS to the WGS84 IP system).

Josh

On Oct 13, 2006, at 6:46 PM, Dan Brickley wrote:

> Forwarding from the SW Interest Group list. Looks like great stuff,
> though I've not investigated in detail yet.
>
> BTW is anyone here going to
> http://www.agi.org.uk/pooled/articles/BF_EVENTART/view.asp? 
> Q=BF_EVENTART_214953
>
> in Southampton UK next week? I'm wondering whether I can manage to  
> attend...
>
> cheers,
>
> Dan
>
> Resent-From: semantic-web@w3.org
> From: Bernard vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
> Date: October 13, 2006 6:16:14 PM EDT
> To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
> Cc: Marc <marc@geonames.org>
> Subject: Geonames enters the Semantic Web
>
>
>
> Hello all
>
> I'm very pleased to announce that, through a quick and efficient  
> collaboration with Marc (in cc), the 6 million and growing  
> geographical features in the data base of Geonames [1] are now  
> described by a OWL ontology [2], and the RDF description of each  
> instance, including names, type, of course geolocation elements, is  
> now available through Geonames Webservice,  adding to an already  
> impressive pack of  services [3].
> The ontology is very simple, and leverage elements of the wgs84_pos  
> vocabulary [4]. The feature types are described using a simple SKOS  
> vocabulary, which has been embedded in the OWL ontology.
>
> If you add that, thanks to Google Maps API, the geonames features  
> can be created and edited through a wiki-like interface [5], this  
> as Web 2.0 as can be.
>
> Comments welcome, either here or in the Geonames forum [6]
>
> Bernard
>
>
> [1] http://www.geonames.org
> [2] http://www.geonames.org/ontology/
> [3] http://www.geonames.org/export/
> [4] http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/#vocabulary
> [5] http://www.geonames.org/recent-changes/
> [6] http://forum.geonames.org/gforum/posts/list/156.page
>
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