Call for Participation in Locations and Addresses Community Group

W3C has launched the Locations and Addresses Community Group


There have been several recent efforts to standardize vocabularies for describing locations, using existing geometry specifications. GeoSPARQL, NeoGeo and the EU ISA Programme’s Location Core Vocabulary join schema.org’s vocabulary and more. Is there a set of use cases that an usefully be served by greater collaboration in this space? What problems remain? Where are the awkward edges that need to be knocked into shape?

The mission of the Location and Addresses Community Group is to review the existing efforts in this space (notably GeoSPARQL, NeoGeo, the EU’s INSPIRE Directive and schema.org) and assess whether any use cases would be served by harmonization and/or new standardization work.

This group may produce specifications or use cases and requirements documents, which may be proposed for adoption by the Government Linked Data (GLD) Working Group consistent with its charter (http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/charter).


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This group was originally proposed on 2012-08-06 by Phil Archer. The following people supported its creation: Phil Archer, Michael Hausenblas, John Goodwin, Paul Hermans, Stasinos Konstantopoulos, Boris Villazón-Terrazas.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please send us email on site-comments@w3.org

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

2 Responses to Call for Participation in Locations and Addresses Community Group

  1. Veronica says:

    I am glad, there is much confusion. Location information is paramount and standardization will make it easier for all of us, and large internet companies, to implement mapping of this data.

  2. Pingback: Call to Participate: Locations & Addresses Community Group - semanticweb.com

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