Geonames enters the Semantic Web

Hello all

I'm very pleased to announce that, through a quick and efficient 
collaboration with Marc (in cc), the 6 million and growing geographical 
features in the data base of Geonames [1] are now described by a OWL 
ontology [2], and the RDF description of each instance, including names, 
type, of course geolocation elements, is now available through Geonames 
Webservice,  adding to an already impressive pack of  services [3].
The ontology is very simple, and leverage elements of the wgs84_pos 
vocabulary [4]. The feature types are described using a simple SKOS 
vocabulary, which has been embedded in the OWL ontology.

If you add that, thanks to Google Maps API, the geonames features can be 
created and edited through a wiki-like interface [5], this as Web 2.0 as 
can be.

Comments welcome, either here or in the Geonames forum [6]




*Bernard Vatant
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Received on Friday, 13 October 2006 22:16:12 UTC