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A FOAF-based area locator, creating RDF

From: CÚdric Kiss <cedric@ckiss.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 11:03:40 +0200
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

Hi RDF enthusiasts,

As part of the SWAD-Europe project [1], I have been working with Charles
McCathieNevile to provide a graphical interface to RDF location information
for the RDF community.

The purpose is to determine if some people are located in the same "area" as
you ("Alice is in the same state; Bob is in the same city"...) as you
travel. This could be as acurate as you wish, but on the other hand you will
have to build your own data sets (in RDF, hopefully, so that they could be

The graphics are displayed in SVG, W3C's XML-based 2D vector format; the
whole process is done client-side. RDF location information comes from the
plethora of FOAF [2] files around the web, and can be described either with
their nearestAirport or with real lat/long co-ordinates.

You can also restrict the number of persons, to better suit your needs. For
example: you may only want to keep people whose interests involve
'Accessibility' (for that, you will need to make a minor edit to the source

Although it's still under development, the main idea is here. You can find
files, source code, screenshots and other useful information about this
project at:


[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe - SWAD-Europe
[2] http://rdfweb.org/ - Friend of a Friend project

CÚdric Kiss
SWAD-Europe - http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/
W3C - INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Received on Thursday, 28 August 2003 08:10:40 UTC

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