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Re: ANN: The GoodRelations Annotator: How any business can get onto ?the Web of Data - today!

From: Martin Hepp (UniBW) <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 08:41:53 +0200
Message-ID: <49DD98B1.1090501@ebusiness-unibw.org>
To: Aldo Bucchi <aldo.bucchi@gmail.com>
CC: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
Hi Aldo,

Aldo Bucchi wrote:
> One constructive comment from an end user perspective. This is a lot
> of data to ask from a user in one shot. I believe that being able to
> (auto) save a draft and resume would greatly improve usability.
Thanks for the suggestion - we thought about that, as well as about 
options for users to publish their annotations on our servers. 
Eventually, we decided for a simple request-response approach with a 
single Python script, for reasons of scalability and management.

Note that the potential audience for this tool is huge. In the European 
Union alone, there are more than 19 Million businesses. With just a 
bunch of researchers managing the whole project, we had to choose a 
straight-forward, simple solution.

And since GoodRelations should become "the FOAF of e-commerce", we were 
naturally inspired by the various foaf-o-mat / foaf-a-mat tools online 
that help people create RDF/XML without understanding all the background.

I really think it is important that we bring data from non-community 
members on the Web: Your hairdresser next door, the home improvement 
market in your city, any tax consultant etc.

Note that already having contact details and opening hours of a massive 
amount of businesses will show immediate value for Web of Data 
applications: You could quickly search for a grocery shop that is close 
to your home and which is still open.


>The only thing that needs further explanation is the phrase:
>"Oesterreichische Forschungsfoerderungsgesellschaft".
>LOL ;)


> You have clearly worked your way through the form, content-wise it
> looks very clear to me.
> The only thing that needs further explanation is the phrase:
> "Oesterreichische Forschungsfoerderungsgesellschaft".
> LOL ;)
> Regards,
> A
> On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM, Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@unibw.de> wrote:
>> Dear all:
>> We are proud to announce the release of the GoodRelations Annotator, a
>> form-based tool that will help any business in the world to create a
>> description of its offerings suitable for the Web of Data,
>> and that in less than 5 minutes.
>> The tool is available at
>> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/tools/goodrelations-annotator/
>> It creates a straightforward yet complete description of the key aspects of
>> a typical business using the GoodRelations vocabulary and current Semantic
>> Web standards.
>> The resulting RDF/XML file can be either directly published on the company's
>> Web site or used as a skeleton for developing a more fine-grained
>> description with price information etc.
>> The work on the tool has been funded by the Oesterreichische
>> Forschungsfoerderungsgesellschaft GmbH (FFG) and the Austrian
>> Bundesministerium fuer Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT) under the
>> myOntology project in the FIT-IT "Semantic Systems" program (contract number
>> 812515).
>> Please help spread the word.
>> Best wishes
>> Martin Hepp
>> http://www.heppnetz.de
>> http://www.unibw.de/ebusiness/
>> Tool:
>> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/tools/goodrelations-annotator/
>> GoodRelations Project:
>> http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/
>> Webcast (15 Minutes)
>> http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/webcast/

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