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Re: overstock.com adds GoodRelations in RDFa to 900,000 item pages

From: Michael F Uschold <uschold@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:15:26 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=tdTpzLRthOaK5sh1xdRYVTRYyDdi9Egr6fjCJ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org

I had a look at some of the examples. Noteworthy is the apparent lack of any
product ontology.  Martin's example example is for a camera with housing. An
obvious way to model this is as a bundle with two things: one of type Video
Camera and one off type UnderWaterHousing.  There is nothing of this sort.
Rather, this and perhaps all 900,000 items are of type: Product.  In other
words, there is no semantics at all for the products, no types, no features,
no constraints, nothing.

Have I missed something?

If this is true, the question is why.  Possibilities include:

   - *Expedience**: * It is conceptually trivial to convert the catalog to
   RDFa this way.
   - *First things first*: it was just a first step, more semantics is on
   the way...
   - *Lack of perceived value: *Does it cost too much for what value there
   may be?

I wonder what the value is for this first step.
I wonder whether there are plans for adding semantics to the products

Any thoughts?

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 5:39 AM, Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
> wrote:

> Dear all:
> I am happy to announce that overstock.com, one of the major US online
> retailers, has just added GoodRelations rich meta-data in RDFa to ALL ca.
> 900,000 item pages.
> Example:
> http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Bell-and-Howell-DV550UW-12MP-Digital-Video-Camera-with-Underwater-Housing/4450313/product.html
> Sitemap:
>  http://www.overstock.com/googlemap.xml
> There is still a minor bug in the markup (regarding the position of the
> rdf:type gr:UnitPriceSpecification statement), but I will notify them
> immediately; the bug will also not break typical GoodRelations queries.
> Best wishes
> Martin
> --------------------------------------------------------
> martin hepp
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> =================================================================
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> * Vocabulary Reference: http://purl.org/goodrelations/v1
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Michael Uschold, PhD
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