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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 15:08:20 CEST 2009

Dear Nicolas, all:

Of course, you can also use GoodRelations in combination with eClassOWL 
for describing hotels and restaurants:

A good starting point is the tool for creating basic descriptions for 
any business at


The tool only allows choosing from the first two hierarchy levels of 
eClassOWL, but you could replace the class IDs in the RDF/XML later on 
in order to make the description more specific.

A restaurant could use the eClassOWL 5.1.4 category 2520 (Food and 
services) or one of the following more specific classes:

25-20-01-00 -  Restaurant (service), [ eclass:C_AKG508003-gen ]
25-20-01-01 -  Restaurant with conventional service (service),  [ 
eclass:C_AKG509003-gen ]
25-20-01-02 -  Restaurant with self-service (service), [ 
eclass:C_AKG510003-gen ]
25-20-01-03 -  Cafe (service),   25-20-01-03 [ eclass:C_AKG511003-gen ]
25-20-02-01 -  Bar (service), [ eclass:C_AKG515003-gen ]
25-20-02-02 -  Bar and entertainment restaurant (service) [ 
eclass:C_AKG516003-gen ]
25-20-02-03 - Disco and dance restaurant (service)  [ 
eclass:C_AKG517003-gen ]

The proper gr:BusinessFunction would be gr:ProvideService, since eClass 
classifies restaurants as types of services. (When using an ontology 
that defines particular types of meals, then the proper business 
function would be "sell".)

A hotel could use the eClassOWL 5.1.4 category 2512 (Travel Management) 
or, better, one of the following more specific classes:

25-12-13-01 -  Hotel (travel management),  [ eclass:C_AKG314003-gen ]
25-12-13-02 -  Hotel garni (travel management),    [ 
eclass:C_AKG315003-gen ]
25-12-13-03 -  Inn (travel management),[ eclass:C_AKG316003-gen ]
25-12-13-04 -  Pension (travel management),  [ eclass:C_AKG317003-gen ]

The proper gr:BusinessFunction would be gr:ProvideService, too.

eclass: = http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/ontologies/eclass/5.1.4/#

Martin Hepp (UniBW) wrote:
> 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
> http://www.ebsemantics.net/doc/
> restaurants:
> http://www.ebsemantics.net/doc/gastro.owl
> accommodations:
> http://www.ebsemantics.net/doc/acco.owl
> 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.
> Best
> Martin
> PS: A work-in-progress Web page for the tourism domain is at
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/GoodRelations_Examples#Accommodation_and_Hotel_Rooms 
>> 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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