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EU ISA Programme Core Vocabulary on Location

From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:07:13 +0000
Message-ID: <4ECD1A31.9080403@w3.org>
To: public-poiwg@w3.org, public-geolocation@w3.org
Dear all,

I want to let you know about some location work that the W3C Team is 
involved with that's being carried out under an EU project called SEMIC, 
part of the much bigger ISA Programme. The most recent newsletter is 
probably the quickest/shortest backgrounder I can offer [1]

The reason for specifically notifying the POI and GeoLoc WGs is that 
we're working on some core vocabularies, one of which is for location. 
It's more about locating things like people and businesses (i.e. 
addresses) than more abstract notions like land parcels and certainly 
not about moving objects, but, however the SEMIC Core Vocabularies WG 
defines the idea of location, it will be interoperable - indeed will use 
terms directly taken from - things like INSPIRE. Although I'm 
coordinating the WG, the specific work on location is being lead by 
folks at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, part of the 
JRC which in turn is part of the European Commission (sorry for all the 
acronyms) - i.e. the people coordinating the work on INSPIRE. The WG 
includes people working on ISO/TC211 too.

Why might you care?

Because the community around the POI and GeoLoc WGs comprises potential 
users of public sector information that refers to location and so we're 
keen to do it right and produce something that's actually useful. 
Although the outcome of the work won't be legally binding, it will be 
endorsed by the EU Member States and is likely to be used extensively.

That said, I don't want to fill up the mailing lists with stuff that may 
not be of direct interest so I'll leave it there for now and say that if 
this kind of activity is what you're most concerned with and you want to 
know more, please get in touch.



[1] http://www.semic.eu/semic/view/snav/currentInformation/Newsletter.xhtml


Phil Archer
W3C eGovernment

Received on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:07:52 UTC

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