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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>

And if anyone wanted to establish linkage with the
"United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations", commonly known as
You will find that we put it up as Linked Data at
With a typical URI of
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.


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
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