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[UCR] Idiosyncratic data (Geonames) dump in RDF

From: Ghislain Atemezing <auguste.atemezing@eurecom.fr>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:32:11 +0200
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Cc: atemezin@eurecom.fr
To: public-dwbp-wg@w3.org
Hi all,
I’ve just came across this issue with Geonames dump in RDF, that seems to be a quite “normal” situation. 
The issue is well described here [1] , as it says :

"Geonames is a great resource for geographical information. Helpfully they publish data exports in a variety of formats, allowing others to process and manipulate the data locally. Unfortunately the RDF data dump that is available from: 
is a little idiosyncratic. Rather than provide a single ntriples or even RDF/XML file the dump consists of a text file that consists of alternating lines like this: 
...feature URI.... rdf:RDF...RDF/XML description of feature..../rdf:RDF
This means you need to script up unpacking the file in order to load it into a triple store. "

As you can imagine, this implies two issues :
 1- Users/consumers have to write scripts for “harmonizing “ in clean triples .
 2- The provider claims [2] to have 8514201 features and about 125 mio rdf triples (2013 08 27). 
	2-1: How to ensure this original number is kept after uploading in third party endpoint ?
      For example, I was looking at LOD cache and Factforge to fing GEonames features
       #- results for http://lod.openlinksw.com/sparql — > see http://goo.gl/VFfQ4x (4 989 694 / 5 539 694 features)
       #- Results for factforge.net: http://goo.gl/VC2YuE (8.060.727 features). This seems to be more “realistic” according to the original dump.
 3- Trusting issue: Which endpoint to trust when I don’t have enough resource to build a script and load Geonames dump in local ?

With all the above issues, do you think this can be a “valid” Use Case for this group to deal with ?



[1] https://github.com/ldodds/geonames
[2] http://www.geonames.org/ontology/documentation.html 
Ghislain Atemezing
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