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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 18:41:15 CEST 2009

Hi Nicolas:

As soon as any brick-and-mortar business or pub around the corner is 
publishing a one-page description of itself on the Web (or even gets 
listed in a database-driven Web business registry), this business is 
doing e-commerce.

This is the mainstream definition of e-commerce in academia and 
practice: Using the Internet (or other open digital networks) for any 
stage in the business transaction - from search to transactions. There 
are of course different levels of e-commerce, from the the simple 
presentation of features to end-to-end transaction processing. But as 
soon as your business publishes its range of products or services on the 
Web (or even only in the Web of Data), this is e-commerce.

And that is exactly what GoodRelations is designed for: improving search 
and data interoperability for any business that is offering anything on 
the Web.

Hope that clarifies the issue.


Nicolas Raoul wrote:
> Thank you for your answer!
> I am glad to know I can use it, I will look into that.
>>>  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
> I am happy but confused. The GoodRelations webpage appears very
> misleading to me:
> 1) Motto is "GoodRelations The ontology for E-Commerce"
> 2) "the representational means required for e-commerce on the Semantic Web"
> 3) The general term used for businesses/etc is "Web resources"
> 4) "describing the types of goods and terms and conditions of items
> and services offered on the Web": it is not obvious that "on the Web"
> refers to "describing" and not to "offered".
> The Semantic Web describes the world. The tiny pub near my place will
> probably never do any e-commerce, but I want to describe it in the
> Semantic Web. I am glad GoodRelations allows me to do it, but why does
> it mentions e-commerce everywhere?
> Cheers,
> Nicolas.
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martin hepp
e-business & web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

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Check out the GoodRelations vocabulary for E-Commerce on the Web of Data!

Webcast explaining the Web of Data for E-Commerce:

Tool for registering your business:

Overview article on Semantic Universe:

Project page and resources for developers:

Upcoming events:
Full-day 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


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


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