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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] More than e-commerce?

Martin Hepp (UniBW) martin.hepp at ebusiness-unibw.org
Sat May 23 13:46:43 CEST 2009

Hi Nicholas,

Nicolas Raoul wrote:
> Dear all,
> I want to publish data from Wikitravel.org (like DBpedia does for
> Wikipedia) so I need an ontology to describe tourism information
> (hotels, restaurants, spots) with details (address, phone, prices,
> services, business hours). I was not able to find any, so far.
> Am I right that currently GoodRelations is only for e-commerce and
> does not apply to such businesses as hotels, restaurants, and
> brick-and-mortar shops?
No, GoodRelations can be used (and is intended to be used) for exactly 
those scenarios: You can use it to express that you

- rent cars
- sell pizzas (or meals in general)
- sell boats

For brick-and-mortar-businesses, GoodRelations can be used exactly the 
same way as for pure online shops.

You can specify opening hours, shop locations (e.g. for restaurant 
chains) etc.

For hotels and restaurants: There are specializations based on 
GoodRelations for the Austrian e-tourism sector available at



But you can basically use either plain GoodRelations or GoodRelations in 
combination with a suitable hotel or meals ontology for specifying 
touristic offers.

If you have any data samples or, better, real-world data sources, we can 
help you with the respective modeling.

As a first starting point, I recommend looking at gr:BusinessFunctions 
for Sell and Lease.



PS: A work-in-progress Web page for the tourism domain is at


> I am sure you have surveyed existing commerce ontologies, so I am
> begging for your expertise: what ontologies exist to describe hotels
> and restaurants?
> Thank you very much,
> Nicolas Raoul
> http://nrw.free.fr
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martin hepp
e-business & web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

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