Linking your Geonames place from your FOAF file

Now that we have a large database of places on the Semantic Web, I want to link to my place from my FOAF file.

To find a place, go to geonames.org, enter the name in the search box, find the right place on the result page.

geonames.org search result page for “berlin”

Click the small multicolored place markers near the left border (not the place name). A map will appear, with a marker and box showing the place.

geonames.org map showing Berlin

The box contains a link “semantic web rdf”. Copy the link. That’s your place.

I added this triple to my personal RDF data:

<http://richard.cyganiak.de/foaf.rdf#cygri>
    foaf:based_near <http://ws.geonames.org/rdf?geonameId=2950159> .

Now, when I load my URI in Tabulator, it lets me navigate from my profile up the geographical hierarchy from the city of Berlin to the federal state of Berlin to the country of Germany to the continent of Europe.

I’m not perfectly happy with using foaf:based_near, because I’m not based near Berlin, dammit, I’m based right in the middle of it. Is there a more appropriate and reasonably well-established property?

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  4. Cornelius says:

    “I’m not perfectly happy with using foaf:based_near, because I’m not based near Berlin, dammit, I’m based right in the middle of it. Is there a more appropriate and reasonably well-established property?”

    Hehe, an old entry but at least I can answer your question with yes, there is a better way and you already know it. Actually the Tagcrumbs.com RDF provides a linkage from a random place to its Geonames ID. Be at least a bit proud to live in the city of Berlin (or Galway).

    Cornelius.