Recovered from the Wayback Machine.
Following on the theme of how we can have a lovely time in London, thanks to RDF and the seman…ooops! Semantic Web, rdfdata.org has pointed to another set of RDF data related to travel: OpenGuides .
According to the site, OpenGuides is a network of free, community-maintained “wiki” city guides to which anyone can contribute. More importantly, the organization promises to ensure openness of the data by providing RDF/XML for each travel node.
Now this is both great, and a challenge. You see this is a wiki. By ‘node’, in wiki parlance, this means you get RDF/XML for the pertinent page information. So for London, what you’ll get is:
< ?xml version=”1.0″?>
<rdf Description rdf:about=””>
<dc :title>The Open Guide to London: Home</dc>
<dc :source rdf:resource=”http://london.openguides.org/index.cgi?id=Home” />
<foaf :topic rdf:resource=”#obj” />
<geo :SpatialThing rdf:ID=”obj” dc:title=”Home”>ies –>
<dc :subject>Wiki Info</dc>
<!– address and geospatial data –>
<city>London</city> <country>United Kingdom</country>
<!– contact information –>
(Sorry for the smiley in the code – an annoying, buggy, piece of clever coding on the part of the WordPress developers inserted it. I don’t use smileys. I detest smileys. No offence FOAF people.)
Of course there is more to London than this. However, you have to access each wiki page, and then access each RDF/XML file to get that pertinent bit of information.
To be effective, one would have to build a bot trained to a wiki architecture (where links may or may not go to something that exists), and that can consume any and all related RDF/XML files. It can then be turned loose at a specific wiki; to return to its owner, engorged with lots of juicy, and fully fleshed, data.
In other words, you would need a wiki-aware Smushbot.