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RE: genealogical data (What work is being done using RDF?)

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 01:31:41 +0200
To: "B Cookson" <bcookson42@yahoo.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <EBEPLGMHCDOJJJPCFHEFEEMAFPAA.danny666@virgilio.it>

  RDF seems like a perfect fit for genealogical data (Family Histories,
etc.) .  What work is being done using RDF and specific schemas using

  --Bennett Cookson

  (I am new to the list but a long time proponent of RDF.  I would like to
use RDF for a new Family Tree (Genealogy) project.)

  Yep, it's a great fit, also something of a challenge because the source
data is very real-world. I've been looking into using GEDCOM as one of the
formats for a graph-based project (I've done a SAX-like parser [1], not
realising that Michael Kay had been covering the same ground with greater
skill). I'm not aware of an RDF Schema that cover this (foaf->roar?), but
recently the CLS (the Mormons) released a model, with XML syntax.

  heh - I just looked on the Genealogy XML list [2] to see if I could find
references, and I see you subscribe Bennet ;-)

  Anyway, I reckon the GEDCOM terminology could easily be made into an RDF
vocabulary, and all you need to do is attach a parser to an RDF API and
you've got umpteen generations on the semantic web.



  [1] http://www.isacat.net/2002/sag/sag.htm

  [2] GenealogyXML@yahoogroups.com
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