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Re: Need compelling story on the value of ontologies in fusing location-based data

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 19:18:41 -0400 (EDT)
To: Marja-Riitta Koivunen <marja@w3.org>
cc: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0306231911320.30275-100000@tux.w3.org>

There is a draft SWAD-E report on a virtual workshop on this kind of data,
and it includes some use cases:

(any feedback is welcome too - I hope to change it from a draft to a
completed report in the next few days).

one story about ontologies revolves around the fact that latitude and
longitude are pretty abstract ontologies for most of us, whereas the nearest
airport is something obvious to travellers (in the US sense of the word), and
postcodes / zip codes are something that many people know. A city name is
also a commonly used ontology in the real world. being able to map between
these is a neat trick...

(At work I actually use IATA airport codes to give people a quick clue - they
can even look these up and get information online thanks to Mike Dean at
daml.org if I am attributing the work correctly. I also make some use of US
area codes - some of our systems can tell us where these are from. Naming
rooms at MIT shows where lat/long/elevation data is tricky - resolution
becomes important.)



On Mon, 23 Jun 2003, Marja-Riitta Koivunen wrote:

>Some fast ideas:
>- Search for a cheap hotel and tell about horse riding and canoeing
>activities within couple of miles. See if any of these is bookmarked by my
>friends in our shared bookmark server.
>- Show the places that I should visit based on my location and the shared
>bookmarks under topic: great places to visit.
>- Find the locations of the nearest spare parts for a paper specific
>machine in a factory (maybe also look for the DHL etc. database for which
>ones will be fastest to deliver and the shared bookmark listing the places
>most trusted by my work mates).
>At 04:26 PM 6/23/2003 -0400, Roger L. Costello wrote:
>>Hi Folks,
>>I need to give a talk (soon) on the benefits of ontologies to some folks
>>whose data is location-dependent.  That is, their data is for a specific
>>location (expressed as a lat/lon), at a specific time.
>>I think that they would be very impressed if I could show how the
>>information in ontologies  may be used to help fuse (aggregate) their
>>data with other data that corresponds to the same location.
>>If anyone has ideas on creating a compelling story along these lines
>>please let me know.  /Roger

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