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Re: Spatial ontology for geographic information

From: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:28:26 +0100
To: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, "Brodeur, Jean" <brodeur@nrcan.gc.ca>
CC: Marc <marc@geonames.org>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C4BCD09A.26389%hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>

Bonjour,
And if anyone wanted to establish linkage with the
"United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations", commonly known as
"UN/LOCODE"
http://www.unece.org/cefact/locode/
You will find that we put it up as Linked Data at
http://unlocode.rkbexplorer.com/
With a typical URI of
http://unlocode.rkbexplorer.com/id/GB-HAM
Could be nice to link with geonames, dbpedia, etc
I think we put it up about 5 years ago for CSAKTive Space, so the ontology
is AKTive, but you can get in touch if you would like a bit of difference.

Hugh

On 04/08/2008 08:53, "Bernard Vatant" <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com> wrote:

>
>
> Bonjour Jean
>
> I would be very happy to investigate interoperability of ISO/TC 211
> models with Geonames ontology, currently under revision
> (http://www.geonames.org/ontology).
> Geonames is more and more used as a reference data set for Semantic Web
> Linked Data applications (http://linkeddata.org).
>
> Unfortunately, ISO has not had so far any policy of open publication of
> schemas on the Web, although the Semantic Web needs stable and reliable
> URIs for many things codified by ISO, say for examples countries and
> languages. Geonames publishes URIs for countries, URIs for languages are
> published at http://www.lingvoj.org, and DBpedia has URIs for both
> countries and languages. But one would hope that at some point ISO
> itself publishes URIs for such codes in its own namespace ...
>
> A first step in "sharing with the Semantic Web" would be to have those
> schemas you are speaking about freely available on the Web. :-)
> Do you intend to have whatever ontologies developed in your project
> framework schemas deployed on the Web following Semantic Web open
> publication practices, or as usual ISO publication (pay for download
> documents)?
>
> Bernard
>
> Brodeur, Jean a écrit :
>> Hello,
>> ISO/TC 211 (http://www.isotc211.org/) is the ISO technical committe
>> responsible for the development of international standards in
>> geographic information. As part of the standardization work, a
>> comprehensive set of geospatial concepts has been developed in UML for
>> the description of spatial data, temporal data, metadata, geographic
>> feature, and more.
>> Under this technical committee, I am leading a project team (PT19150)
>> which has the mandate to conduct a study about the use of ontologies
>> and Semantic Web for the pupose on interoperability of geographic
>> information. As part of this study, we are investigating the
>> derivation of OWL ontologies from the ISO/TC 211 UML models which
>> would provide an in depth and standard vocabulary for the description
>> of geographic information for the Semantic Web. These ontologies would
>> support Semantic Web applications and services dealing with geographic
>> information and would be a fundamental resource to integrate of
>> associate Web information dealing with a geographic component. Ongoing
>> discussions in the project team and in the technical committee are
>> very optimistic at the moment. I find it important to share this
>> perspective with the Semantic Web community and those of you who have
>> interest and comments about this activity are invited to share it to
>> get a better understanding of the needs for such an ontology. The
>> project team will submit a draft report to ISO/TC 211 this year for
>> agreement and further processing. I will keep this comminity informed
>> of further developments regarding this subject.
>> Sincerely,
>> __
>> */Jean Brodeur/*
>> ISO/TC 211 - PT1950 project leader
>> email:* **brodeur@rncan.gc.ca*
>> Internet:* **http://www.cits.rncan.gc.ca/html/brodeurj
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>> Ressources naturelles Canada / Natural Resources Canada
>> Centre d¹information topographique / Centre for Topographic Information
>> Gouvernement du Canada / Government of Canada
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