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Re: Standard RDF Vocabularies for currencies or weights & measures?

From: David Price <david.price@eurostep.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 17:32:49 +0100
To: "Alan Dean" <alan.dean@gmail.com>
Cc: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-Id: <200706081732.49730.david.price@eurostep.com>

Alan,

Unfortunately, the W3C and ISO don't seem to support each other enough for 
that to have happened. I contribute to a few ISO standards in the engineering 
domain where these items are needed, and we thought would have already been 
defined. Instead, we, like you, are inventing our own until ISO and/or W3C 
catch up. Some work is happening on this in the OASIS PLCS TC for product 
data but it's really a taxonomy to extend an information model, not a proper 
ontology.

FWIW, there's almost agreement between ISO with IETF for how to assign URNs to 
ISO standards. We're working to get that applicable for elements defined 
within those standards too. See

http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-goodwin-iso-urn-01.txt

Some early work is around from the NASA Sweet ontology 

http://sweet.jpl.nasa.gov/ontology/

and the NIST Units ML activity may be of some use (it'san  XML Schema though)

http://unitsml.nist.gov/

If you come up with a great solution, PLEASE share it!
Cheers,
David

On Friday 08 June 2007 17:12:26 Alan Dean wrote:
> David,
>
> Thank you. I ought to have said that I am aware that there are ISO
> standards but that I was hoping that there were existing semantic
> standards (or accepted practices) to leverage. I have tried, at length
> and in vain, to google for it (assuming, perhaps naively, that this
> would have been a problem solved early by semantic web practitioners).
>
> Regards,
> Alan Dean
>
> On 6/8/07, David Price <david.price@eurostep.com> wrote:
> > There are ISO standards for these items. Look at www.iso.org where there
> > are several Maintenance Agencies or Widely Used Standards
> >
> > UK BSI has something on currencies, for example see
> >
> > http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/popstds/currencycodes.html
> >
> > Quantities and units are another standard at
> >
> > http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/popstds/quantitiesandunits.html
> >
> > None of these are ontologies but it would be simply to create URIs based
> > on the ISO standard numbers and their technical content.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > David
> >
> > On Friday 08 June 2007 16:29:44 Alan Dean wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Can anyone point me in the right direction of standard vocabularies to
> > > use when referencing currencies or weights and measures?
> > >
> > > As an example of what I mean, I can do the following for primitives
> > > using the xsd vocabulary:
> > >
> > > <foo:bar rdf:datatype="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#int">123</
> > > foo:bar>
> > >
> > > but what I want to do is along the lines of:
> > >
> > > <foo:bar rdf:datatype="http://example.org/currency#GBP">1.23</foo:bar>
> > >
> > > or
> > >
> > > <foo:bar rdf:datatype="http://example.org/weight#kg">1.23</foo:bar>
> > >
> > > If you need further context for my request, see:
> > >
> > > http://simplewebservices.org/index.php?title=Shopping
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > > Alan Dean
> > > http://thoughtpad.net/alan-dean
> >
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