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Dear all:

This just a brief update of the status of the automotive extension work in, the data standard for marking up car-related information for Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, and others.

As many of you know, the first "core" extension has beend added to with the 2.0 release on May 12, 2015 (see

This greatly enhanced the ability to publish car-related information to major search engines and other consumers of Web data. has now support for many standard car properties, like numberOfAirbags, numberOfAxles, numberOfForwardGears, fuelConsumption, fuelEfficiency vehicleEngine, EngineSpecification, etc.

For a full list of properties, see

Any proprietary properties can be added via

A few additional properties that we suggested to the sponsors of have gone into a so-called " extension" (for background, see

Essentially, extensions hold properties and classes that are for a more specific subset of users. In practice, you can use the properties and classes from the extensions in the same manner as those from "core".

The extension is available at

The extension is currently a final proposal undergoing a community review, see for the respective discussion.

In general, the work on is now coordinated in the W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group at This is also the reason why this Google group has become a bit silent.

Please feel invited to join the W3C Community Group at ("join this group"). Participation is free of charge and just requires a W3C account, which is also free.

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"If autonomous cars are the future , the Communicator Gannam is the present". Brazilian inventor creates device for communication between vehicles that works with and without the internet, depending on need. Proposal provides for objective messages and easy handling of the product so as not to distract the driver and create friendly and cooperative atmosphere. The MVP is ready for demonstration, and the inventor is looking for industrial partners to verify viabilities and launch the product with patent applied on the market. 

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The DISIT Smart City ontology aims at enabling interconnection, storage and the next interrogation of data from many different sources, such as various portals of the Tuscan region (MIIC, Muoversi in Toscana,....

Late intro: I am passionate about taxonomy and have been diving head first into the semantic web with three automotive clients (, and I am excited to leverage their significant automotive footprint to spread the adoption of this standard and learning from you all along the way.  Connect on Twitter:@Rob or on

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Dear all:
I just wanted to make you aware of the fact that a major part of the interaction in this group is taking place in the new W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group,

So please make sure you follow the respective mailing list at


On May 13th, team announced that our automotive extension has officially become a part of 2.0, a major release of this Web-scale vocabulary.

For our community, this is a major step in its own right. The site directly refers to our “General Automotive Ontology” (GAO) initiative, prominently at and on individual automotive property pages, and mentions our work in the official blog:, as well as in the release notes.

The Automotive Ontology Working Group started as an informal community at the Makolab Semantic Day 2013 in Paris. It is good to see how this initiative is gaining traction and international visibility.
We would like to encourage all of you to join us on the W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group ( announced here by Martin Hepp on May 7th and confirmed by Dan Brickley on May 11th.

All members of this community are most cordially welcome to the new W3C community !

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Dear all:
I have just proposed to the W3C to form a W3C Automotive Ontology Community Group, which could be a more formal and sustainable organizational form for the work of this informal working group.

We need at least five supporters for the W3C to accept the proposal.

Thus, please support the proposal at

You do not need W3C membership to join a W3C Community Group. A free account to the W3C environment is sufficient.

Best wishes

Martin Hepp

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Dear all: 
I would like to update you on the progress regarding the extension proposal: Based on bilateral discussions with many people, I updated the extension proposal and formalized it into a pull-request according to the new workflow. 


For the respective announcement and details.

Please comment and/or support this proposal on the respective W3C mailing list or here.

Best wishes

Martin Hepp

Hello to all and thanks for the quick approval!
Got immediately a question: in which relation are VSO and UCO? Are there special / different business cases for the usage of the one or another vocabulary? VSO seems to be the base and about UCO is written, it is designed to be used in combination with VSO: in which aspects UCO enriches or expands VSO? An example for both vocabularies is the same used Chevrolet Camaro - thats why the differentiation isn't clear from the first view.

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+Bill Slawski  just mentioned all the new schema popping up, and called out "Automotive" as one of the new ones that have just come up. #smx  
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