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Re: opening hours RDF cal use case

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 12:45:46 -0500
To: www-rdf-calendar@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030312174546.GN28428@tux.w3.org>

* Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org> [2003-03-12 12:28-0500]
> (I was going to talk about this in the IRC chat but I figured an 
> email might be a bit more coherent)
> RDF calendar for small business opening hours Use Case
> ======================================================
> I think Greg Fitzpatrick has done a lot of thinking on this topic. I don't 
> have a handy pointer to prior writeups though.
> I understand the RDF calendar vocab at http://www.w3.org/2002/12/cal/ 
> now has a representation of recurring events. Here's a use case that 
> emphasises RDF's strong points: data mixing.
> I would like to use RDF calendar 'recurring events' to represent opening 
> hours of shops and other services. In particular I'm interested in using the 
> Semantic Web to support local small businesses, by mixing descriptions of 
> their opening hours with other useful information: homepage of shop, 
> opening hours, contact info, photograph of premises, lat/lang/alt location
> information, some indication of product lines and individual items for sale.
> I think I've a handle on how to do most everything except the calendar stuff.
> Here's an example, any help with expressing their opening hours in RDF 
> would be greatly appreciated!
> http://www.tuftslife.com/dining/menuview.php?ID=00029&pg=4
> (from a restaurant info aggregator)
> This lists the menus and other info for local restaurants here in 
> Somerville, MA USA.  The menus are currently images of paper menus, so 
> there is scope for progress there. See also http://chefmoz.org/rdf.html
> for more RDF/food work.
> The bit I'm currently interested in is this:
> It says, 'Currently [OPEN]', based on info about opening hours. Their 
> summary for the 'Urban Gourmet' place around the corner from here:
> 	[[
> 	Monday      Closed
> 	Tuesday      4:00pm - 11:00pm
> 	Wednesday      11:30am - 11:00pm
> 	Thursday      11:30am - 11:00pm
> 	Friday      11:30am - 11:00pm
> 	Saturday      11:30am - 11:00pm
> 	Sunday      11:30am - 11:00pm
> 	]]
> So longwinded question unpacked: how do I express this in RDF? Can we 
> use recurrence rules expressed over ical in RDF as the basis? Is extra 
> vocab needed?
> thanks for any suggestions,

Martijn van Beers ('LotR' in irc logs) created this .ics representation:

 From: "LotR" at
Summary: shop hours


(see See http://ilrt.org/discovery/chatlogs/rdfig/2003-03-12#T17-43-54 IRC logs)

Next job is to RDFize this. 
I think the RDF cal view should be simple, and the tricky thing 
will be doing the modeling to link it to more social notions like 'shop' 
and 'open' vs 'closed'...

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