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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] Good Relations and aCl at ss Ontologies translations

Martin Hepp (UniBW) martin.hepp at ebusiness-unibw.org
Sat May 8 11:58:00 CEST 2010

Dear all:

Apologies for my overly late reply.

GoodRelations is available in English only, because a high-quality 
translation into other languages will be too costly, and a bad one will 
do more harm than good. The main problem is that natural languages have 
frequently no exact translations for very precise technical terms, since 
words are often biased by context etc.

Personally, I do not think that translating GoodRelations into any other 
language than Chinese should be priority issue, because many relevant 
technical documentations are available in English only.

I do see a need for good tutorials / examples of using GoodRelations in 
other natural languages. For example, I would be very happy (and 
explicitly grant any necessary rights)  if volunteers will translate the 
Quickstart Guide at


If you do so, please send me the link.

As for products and services ontologies related to GoodRelations:

- eClassOWL 5.1.4 is available in English only. In theory, we could 
produce versions in German and French, but 5.1.4 is a research prototype 
only, and licensing issues prevent us from offering translations.

- We are evaluating the chances for eClass 6.x, i.e. proper transcripts 
from the new eClass 6.x family. That will support multiple languages, 
but it will likely require that you become a member of eClass e.V. to 
get access to translations.

- freeClass, an ontology for the construction and building materials 
industry, is available in English, German, Czech, Italian, Romanian, 
Slovenian, Hungarian, and Polish.


Best wishes

Martin Hepp

On 01.02.10 18:20, Steven Forth wrote:
> Hi Martin
> I hope you can take this as an opportunity to share some thoughts on best
> practices in using ontologies across languages. There are some thorny issues
> here and you may want to put it on an open forum.
> Steven
> On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM,<francofuji at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Hello:
>> I am from Cuba. Have both GoodRelations and aCl at ss ontologies
>> translations in Spanish?? Thanks.
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martin hepp
e-business&  web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

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

Project page:

Resources for developers:

Overview - http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/webcast/
How-to   - http://vimeo.com/7583816

Recipe for Yahoo SearchMonkey:

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

Overview article on Semantic Universe:

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

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