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GoodRelations - The Web Vocabulary for E-Commerce

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GoodRelations is a standardized vocabulary for product, price, and company data that can (1) be embedded into existing static and dynamic Web pages and that (2) can be processed by other computers. This increases the visibility of your products and services in the latest generation of search engines, recommender systems, and other novel applications.

[goodrelations] ANN: The GoodRelations Annotator: How any business can get onto the Web of Data - today!

Martin Hepp (UniBW) martin.hepp at ebusiness-unibw.org
Thu Jun 25 18:57:06 CEST 2009

hi richard:
thanks for your excellent blog - apologies for my late reply, was/am 
buried beneath emails....

richard.hancock at 3kbo.com wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> I wrote up a short description of using the GoodRelations Annotator on my
> blog at http://blog.3kbo.com/2009/04/11/goodrelations/ "A GoodRelations
> Semantic Web Description of a Business".
> A couple of questions:
> 1. Do you have some examples detailing the relationships between
> BusinessEntitys and also with the people involved with the business?
currently, any relationship between a business entities and its members 
except for contact details it outside the scope of goodrelations. i 
think that using foaf or other existing vocabs for that is the best 
> 2. I'm struggling a bit with the size of eClassOwl. What is the best way
> of using it in order to minimize the time it takes to load the definition
> of a specific item, e.g.
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/ontologies/eclass/5.1.4/#C_AKJ317003-tax ?
in the next annotator release, we will make using eclassOWL an option 
only and recommend dbpedia URIs in the first place.
(once eclassOWL is cached, dereferencing should be faster, anyway)

there is also a major update (6.0) planned for later this year. we will 
give up the monolithic approach of having one super-large file for the 
sake of a more granular way of serving the ontology definitions.

i also think that in the future, many business will describe what they 
are offering by textual elements attached to a 
ProductOrServiceSomeInstancesPlaceholder node. This means they can 
easily populate from semistructured product databases. On the other 
hand, it narrows down the NLP part of matchmaking to a much smaller 
problem - you will know that the node is a ProductOrService instead of 
having large chunks of text.
> Would have like to be able to get to your tutorial
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/Web_of_Data_for_E-Commerce_Tutorial_ESWC2009
> but not possible at this stage.
The tutorial was recorded and will be published at videolectures.net 
shortly (full length with slides).

Also, the Web page will shortly be updated.

Note that we have similar tutorials at IEEE CEC 09 in Vienna (July 20), 
ACM/IEEE WI /IAT 09 in Milan, and a pending proposal to ISWC09.


> All the best,
> Richard Hancock.
>> Dear all:
>> We are proud to announce the release of the GoodRelations Annotator, a
>> form-based tool that will help any business in the world to create a
>> description of its offerings suitable for the Web of Data,
>> and that in less than 5 minutes.
>> The tool is available at
>> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/tools/goodrelations-annotator/
>> It creates a straightforward yet complete description of the key aspects
>> of a typical business using the GoodRelations vocabulary and current
>> Semantic Web standards.
>> The resulting RDF/XML file can be either directly published on the
>> company's Web site or used as a skeleton for developing a more
>> fine-grained description with price information etc.
>> The work on the tool has been funded by the Oesterreichische
>> Forschungsfoerderungsgesellschaft GmbH (FFG) and the Austrian
>> Bundesministerium fuer Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT) under
>> the myOntology project in the FIT-IT "Semantic Systems" program
>> (contract number 812515).
>> Please help spread the word.
>> Best wishes
>> Martin Hepp
>> http://www.heppnetz.de
>> http://www.unibw.de/ebusiness/
>> Tool:
>> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/tools/goodrelations-annotator/
>> GoodRelations Project:
>> http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/
>> Webcast (15 Minutes)
>> http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/webcast/

martin hepp
e-business & web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

e-mail:  mhepp at computer.org
phone:   +49-(0)89-6004-4217
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Check out the GoodRelations vocabulary for E-Commerce on the Web of Data!


Talk at the Semantic Technology Conference 2009: 
"Semantic Web-based E-Commerce: The GoodRelations Ontology"

Tool for registering your business:

Overview article on Semantic Universe:

Project page and resources for developers:

Tutorial materials:
Tutorial at ESWC 2009: The Web of Data for E-Commerce in One Day: A Hands-on Introduction to the GoodRelations Ontology, RDFa, and Yahoo! SearchMonkey


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