Press Release

New UMBEL Links to schema.org, GeoNames


CORALVILLE, IA, May 21, 2012 -- Structured Dynamics today released a new version of UMBEL, the Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer, that 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 beautiful big graph visualization.

This new release, UMBEL version 1.05, is both a vocabulary for modeling subject domains and a set of 28,000 connected topics that act as a reference structure for mapping concepts and information on the Web. These concepts form a coherent and logical graph structure that can further be used for reasoning and inference tasks. UMBEL's big graph structure can be viewed, navigated and explored, as well as queried via a roster of Web services and ontology browsing.

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.

"These most recent mappings expand our earlier mappings to sources like Wikipedia; they affirm our five-year commitment to make UMBEL one of the pivotal reference structures for the semantic Web," said Michael Bergman, Structured Dynamics' CEO and co-editor of UMBEL with Fred Giasson. "We look forward to working with the community on further enhancements, as well as to use this newest version in our own client work," he added.

Besides Structured Dynamics, Ontotext AD is also a sponsor of the open source UMBEL ontology.

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About Structured Dynamics LLC

Structured Dynamics assists enterprises and non-profit organizations to adopt Web-accessible and interoperable semantic data. The basic premise is that the data itself becomes the application. Via structured, linked data and a combination of semantic technologies and Web services, information in any form and from any source can now be integrated and made interoperable. The company Web site is at http://structureddynamics.com; it is headquartered in Coralville, IA.

Press Contacts:
Michael Bergman
Structured Dynamics LLC
Tel: 319-621-5225
Email: mike at structureddynamics dot com