[rdfweb-dev] foaf & genealogy

Dan Brickley danbri at w...
Sun Dec 1 14:14:13 UTC 2002

* Danny Ayers <danny666 at v...> [2002-12-01 12:06+0100]
> I just spotted a post on the GenealogyXML at yahoogroups.com list suggesting
> Topic Maps for genealogy data. RDF *should* be really good for this, with


> the one possible difficulty being how to manage the "the gravestone says he
> died in 2003" kind of data given the state of contexts & reification.

I reckon we can work around that, simply by adopting a document-centric 
approach to 'who said what' (just like the rest of FOAF/RDFWeb stuff does).

...would hold an account of the world according to some gravestone, as 
transcribed by someone. Depending on how precise you want to be, you could 
have arbitrary levels of hairiness when representing the who/where/what etc of
the transcription. There is a sub-tribe of the metadata world who 
work with 'Record Keeping Metadata' and concern themselves with accuracy about 
such things. We could probably learn a lot from them, while starting simple.
Instead of trying to put everything in one super-sophisticated RDF file, we 
put 'claims from some perspective' in each file.

> I reckon the bits needed for simple genealogy should sit very nicely
> alongside FOAF, and it would allow the foafnaut to do families too.

That'd be good. There are some lists of candidate properties for foaf scattered 
around too, but nothing comprehensive yet.


> A quick Google doesn't find much - there is an old DAML vocab at
> http://orlando.drc.com/daml/Ontology/Genealogy/current/
> also rdf2ge12.zip RDF to GEDCOM ...
> http://ftp.cac.psu.edu/genealogy/paf/INDEX.html
> (fyi, I know close to nothing about gen. - I just thought family trees would
> make a good example use of SVG for 'Unleashed', but it started getting too
> big to fit in the space)
> Cheers,
> Danny.
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