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ANN: New GoodRelations and Generic RDF/RDFa Tools

From: Martin Hepp (UniBW) <hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 17:04:30 +0100
Message-ID: <4B226D8E.3060303@ebusiness-unibw.org>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
(Apologies for cross-posting)

Dear all:

In the past year, we released a lot of tools in the context of the
GoodRelations vocabulary (http://purl.org/goodrelations/) that may be of
wider interest. All tools are available on-line and most are also
released as sourcecode under LPGL.

1. Generic Tools

a) RDF2DataRSS:
Yahoo accepts RDF only as either RDFa embedded into existing Web pages
or via their proprietary DataRSS feed format. The RDF2DataRSS tool turns
any RDF data submitted as RDF/XML or Turtle/N3 into such Yahoo feeds and
can be used to submit RDF/XML into Yahoo's SearchMonkey index.


b) RDF2RDFa converter:
This tool creates handy snippets of invisible RDFa from RDF/XML content
such that the RDF can be pasted easily into any existing page without
hard-wiring it with the HTML page mark-up.


2. Tools for Creating GoodRelations Data

a) Google Product Feed Converter:
Many shops are already exposing their product and price information in
one of the proprietary Google feed formats (RSS 1.0, 2.0 / CSV-based).
With our tool, you can generate GoodRelations RDF/XML data from that
data. That can be particularly interesting for adding RDF export to
existing shops easily.


b) BMEcat2GoodRelations converter:
BMEcat is a popular XML Schema Definition (and DTD) for exchanging
catalog data between enterprises in B2B settings. Many PIM, shop, and
ERP software packages can create BMEcat XML documents. This tool
transforms a BMEcat catalog into a GoodRelations-variant in RDF/XML.
It can reuse / preserve more features than any other tool.


By the way, a free tool for creating BMEcat catalogs is at
http://www.eclass.de/user/software/democat_2_0.zip (in German only,

c) GoodRelations Annotator:
A straightforward form-based Web application that creates a detailed
company / business profile in RDFa and RDF/XML.


d) Plug-ins / Extensions for Shop Software:
    * osCommerce Shop Software:

    * Joomla/Virtuemart CMS/Shop combo:

    * Magento shop software:
      Contact Uwe Stoll, http://www.semantium.de/ (demo shop at

3. GoodRelations-compliant Domain Ontologies for Vertical Industries

a) ClassOWL 5.1.4 Products and Services Ontology
    * OWL or HTML: http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/ontologies/eclass/5.1.4/
      (Warning: The file is very large - 38.3 MB for RDF/XML and 71.8 MB
for HTML):

    * ZIP: OWL+HTML:
      (eClassOWL 5.1.4 ontology and documentation, compressed  - OWL +
HTML, zip, 4.7 MB):

b) freeClassOWL - Ontology of Construction and Building Materials
    * http://www.freeclass.eu/freeclass_v1
      (add .html / .owl if content negotiation should fail)

c) Consumer Electronics Ontology (CEO)
    * http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/ontologies/consumerelectronics/v1
      (add .html / .owl if content negotiation should fail)

3. Applications for Inspecting and Consuming GoodRelations Data

a) iGoogr: "Imagine Google was using the GoodRelations vocabulary for
A quick demo of how Google search results could be improved by
GoodRelations meta-data; also useful for inspecting your own page,
because it fetches and parses RDFa in real-time.


b) GoodRelations Statistics
A tool that collects and exposes detailed data on the popularity of
GoodRelations elements in the wild (with RDFa export of the stats!).


c) GoodRelations Validator (alpha)
A tool that spots semantic inconsistencies in GoodRelations data beyond
the axioms of the ontology.


Much more is on our agenda for 2010, so please stay tuned by
    * bookmarking http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/GoodRelations and
    * subscribing to
http://ebusiness-unibw.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/goodrelations .

Best wishes

Martin Hepp

martin hepp
e-business & web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

e-mail:  hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
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Check out GoodRelations for E-Commerce on the Web of Linked Data!

Project page:

Resources for developers:

Overview - http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/webcast/
How-to   - http://vimeo.com/7583816

Recipe for Yahoo SearchMonkey:

Talk at the Semantic Technology Conference 2009:
"Semantic Web-based E-Commerce: The GoodRelations Ontology"

Overview article on Semantic Universe:

Tutorial materials:
ISWC 2009 Tutorial: The Web of Data for E-Commerce in Brief: A Hands-on 
Introduction to the GoodRelations Ontology, RDFa, and Yahoo! SearchMonkey
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