oeGov Foundation Ontologies on the way to becoming International

The foundation for oeGOV is currently undergoing some re-factoring to insert a layer for the U.S.

Core concepts of ‘democracy‘ will be in the ‘gov‘ namespace and specialization for the U.S. is in the ‘usgov‘ namespace.

The TopBraid Composer figure below illustrates how this works for the concept of a ‘Government‘:

A piece of the Government Model

Note that the territory property is using the W3C Countries Ontology, a dependency that will have to be documented on the Ontologies Page.

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  • Dan Brickley says:

    This looks like great work! But I’m puzzled by the mention of a W3C Countries Ontology, and searching didn’t help: “Information No results found for “w3c countries ontology”. Could you say a bit more about this?

    In particular, with countries, there are always tricky issues with disputed territories, historical changes etc. I’m interested to see how you handle these.

    You might also take a look at FAO’s geopolitical ontology – http://www.fao.org/countryProfiles/geoinfo.asp?lang=en

  • ralphtq says:

    Thanks Dan, I found the W3C Countries ontology at http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Offices/Presentations/RDFTutorial/rdfs/Countries.owl. I was hoping for a more “accredited” URI but this is all I could find. It does have some coverage of territories. I make an import of this ontology in the oe1gov named graph:

          a       owl:Ontology ;
          cc:attributionName "TopQuadrant, Inc."^^xsd:string ;
          cc:attributionURL "http://www.topquadrant.com"^^xsd:anyURI ;
          cc:license <http://www.oegov.org/core/owl/gc#CreativeCommonsAttributionShareAlike3.0_UnitedStatesLicense> ;
          dc:creator "Ralph Hodgson"^^xsd:string ;
          dc:date "$Date: 2009-08-19 17:37:03 -0700 (Wed, 19 Aug 2009) $"^^xsd:string ;
          dc:description "An ontology of a democratic Government."^^xsd:string ;
          dc:rights "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License"^^xsd:string ;
          dc:title "oe1gov Ontology"^^xsd:string ;
          cc:attributedSource gc:TopQuadrantAttribution ;
          gc:revision "$Revision: 1347 $"^^xsd:string ;
          owl:imports dc: ,
                      <http://creativecommons.org/schema.rdf> ,
                      <http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Offices/Presentations/RDFTutorial/rdfs/Countries.owl> ,
                      <http://www.oegov.org/core/owl/gc> ;
          owl:versionInfo "$Id: oe1gov.n3 1347 2009-08-20 00:37:03Z RalphHodgson $"^^xsd:string .

    I will look at the FAO work. Thanks for the input. BTW I know some of the people at FAO in Rome.



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