Semantics: how do we link initiatives with each others
When you choose a Move Commons badge for your initiative, you can see it in two ways
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- The visual MC labels: icons showing the four categories chosen, which should appear in your initiative’s webpage: . These labels are “human-readable”, useful for anyone to read and understand them.
- The “metadata”: the computer code useful for search engines. This is “machine-readable” information, that includes everything which you filled-in when choosing your Move Commons: your initiative’s name, the tags/keywords, location, and the relevant categories.
The metadata is basically semantic content in RDF, following Move Commons ontology of concepts
. Although it is still under development and refinement, its final version is meant to take the most of the semantic web:
- Use dbpedia (an ontology based on the Wikipedia articles) as a dictionary for the initiative’s keywords. This allows that for each wikipedia concept, we can have the initiatives/collectives that work on that issue.
- Use the MC ontology in a semantic search engine. This will allow to search and find initiatives/collectives searching by keyword, by specific MC labels, by location… for example: “non-profit grassroots initiatives working on alternative education in Beirut”
- Integrate the MC ontology in the LOD (Linking Open Data). This allows the integration with other semantic platforms and to easily build services for the network of MC-labelled initiatives.