[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

Bob Basques bob.b at gritechnologies.com
Tue Oct 5 18:58:01 PDT 2010


I'm a long time address database creation/maintenance/re-creation fiend myself.

I've also been working with the USNG (MGRS) gridding system the last few years, and need to at least suggest the idea of 
using a Gridding system to locate things.  This idea is not nbew, but USNG usage has gained quite a bit of ground the 
last couple of years across all level of government, with a large emphasis placed on using it for disaster response.

Tying a placeName to a grid location that can describe things down to the centimeter if needed and still stay unique as 
a location is a very good thing.


On 10/5/2010 8:52 PM, Landon Blake wrote:
> The geonames ontology looks like it might work for me. I'll read it over tomorrow.
> Thanks for the suggestion.
> Landon
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 5, 2010, at 5:45 PM, "Ian Turton"<ijturton at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Christopher Schmidt
>> <crschmidt at crschmidt.net>  wrote:
>>> On Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 05:18:47PM -0700, Paul Ramsey wrote:
>>>> "All attempts to construct simple ontologies end up reinventing RDF" . ?
>>> That was actually my first thought when I saw this: "Hey look,
>>> someone else reinventing RDFa!" :)
>>> Seriously, I say this with a bit of knowledge; I mean, after all,
>>> I sort of work on making places searchable on maps. For a company
>>> with a pretty big set of data about the hierarchy of the world.
>>> It's a lot fuzzier than you think :)
>>> Also, Landon, I do highly recommend looking into RDF -- specifically,
>>> RDFa -- because I think it's heading in a very similar direction to
>>> what you're describing, without the need for some all-world-hierarchy
>>> to tie it to, which might actually help you get a bit further.
>> You might want to look at http://www.geonames.org/ontology/ which RDFs
>> the GeoNames database.
>> Ian
>> -- 
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