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New UMBEL v 1.05 Links to schema.org, GeoNames

Structured Dynamics today released a new version of UMBEL, version 1.05. It provides detailed mappings to schema.org and GeoNames. The overall ontology of reference concepts has also been modularized, which has allowed the development of a big graph visualization.

The first set of new UMBEL mappings is to schema.org, a collection of schema (usable as HTML tags) that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. schema.org was first developed and organized by the major search engines of Bing, Google and Yahoo!; later Yandex joined as a sponsor. Now many groups are supporting schema.org and contributing vocabularies and schema. UMBEL is now mapped to 298 different types of schema.org entities, encompassing many million individual things.

The second mapping is to GeoNames, a reference vocabulary of more than 8 million places. These places are organized according to some 671 codes that span from geopolitical divisions -- such as countries, states or provinces, cities, or other administrative districts -- to types of physical terrain, above ground and underwater, and on to regions and landscape features governed by human activities from vineyards to lighthouses. These codes are the basis for mapping to the UMBEL structure, which then provides a coherent way to organize the millions of places

UMBEL's big graph structure can be viewed, navigated and explored, as well as queried via a roster of Web services and ontology browsing.

In addition, SD fully updated this UMBEL Web site and re-released the UMBEL wiki, at which updated specifications are now available.