Geolocation: geonames ontology published

From Bernard Vatant via Tom Heath

…. the 6 million and growing
geographical features in the data base of Geonames [1] are now
described by a OWL ontology [2], and the RDF description of each
instance, including names, type, of course geolocation elements, is
now available through Geonames Webservice, adding to an already
impressive pack of services [3]. The ontology is very simple, and
leverage elements of the wgs84_pos vocabulary [4]. The feature types
are described using a simple SKOS vocabulary, which has been embedded
in the OWL ontology.

If you add that, thanks to Google Maps API, the geonames features can
be created and edited through a wiki-like interface [5], this as Web
2.0 as can be.

Comments welcome, either here or in the Geonames forum [6]

Bernard

[1] http://www.geonames.org
[2] http://www.geonames.org/ontology/
[3] http://www.geonames.org/export/
[4] http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/#vocabulary
[5] http://www.geonames.org/recent-changes/
[6] http://forum.geonames.org/gforum/posts/list/156.page

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