Creators
The Places Ontology is a simple lightweight ontology for describing places of geographic interest. [en]
The Places Ontology is a simple lightweight ontology for describing places of geographic interest. [en]

Namespace

The URI for this vocabulary is

http://purl.org/ontology/places#

When abbreviating terms the suggested prefix is place

Each class or property in the vocabulary has a URI constructed by appending a term name to the vocabulary URI. For example:

http://purl.org/ontology/places#County

Term Summary

An alphabetical list of all terms defined in this schema.

TermURIDescription
Arbitrary Regionhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#ArbitraryRegion An area that is useful to illustrate a particular point but does not have a recognised political or cultural identity.
Bayhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Bay An indentation to a shoreline, a body of water enclosed but with a large mouth to a wider body of water.
Beachhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Beach The shore of a body of water, usually sandy or pebbly.
Boroughhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Borough An administrative region of governance.
Boundaryhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Boundary A Boundary resource specifies a sequence of points which, if joined, give the boundary of a geographical area.
Capehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Cape A strip of land projecting into a body of water.
Cityhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#City A large settlement, often with some form of formal political recognition.
Cliffhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Cliff A steep high face of rock.
Continenthttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Continent A large landmass recognised by convention as a continent.
Countryhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Country A region considered to be the territory of a recognised political state.
Countyhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#County A county is a land area of local governance within a country.
Deserthttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Desert A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants.
Districthttp://purl.org/ontology/places#District A region of governance.
Estuaryhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Estuary The widened area of a river as it opens to meet the sea or ocean.
Glacierhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Glacier A slow-moving mass of ice.
Gulfhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Gulf Part of a sea or ocean that is partially enclosed by land.
Hamlethttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Hamlet A Hamlet is a small human settlement consisting of just a few dwellings.
Hillhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Hill A hill is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain.
Islandhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Island A landmass surrounded entirely by water.
Isthmushttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Isthmus A narrow strip of land, bounded by water on two sides, and connecting two larger landmasses.
Lakehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Lake An inland body of water.
Landmasshttp://purl.org/ontology/places#LandMass A piece of land, useful in combination with Continent, Plate and others.
Mountainhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Mountain A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak.
Municipalityhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Municipality A region of governance, often self-governed.
Oceanhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Ocean A major body of salt water.
Parishhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Parish An area of regional governance stemming from the geographical area associated with a church.
Pathhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Path A Path is a recognised and maintained route from one place to another that is suitable for pedestrians.
Peninsulahttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Peninsula A landmass projecting out into a body of water.
Plainhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Plain A level area of land.
Platehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Plate A geological plate, a piece of the earth’s crust.
Plateauhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Plateau A flat highland, a large area of flat land higher than the surrounding land.
Provincehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Province A region of governance.
Regionhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Region A politically or culturally recognised area.
Reservoirhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Reservoir A man-made or natural lake used for the storage and regulation of a water supply.
Ridgehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Ridge A long elevation or striation in the land.
Riverhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#River A natural watercourse flowing towards an ocean, sea or lake.
Roadhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Road A Road is a recognised and maintained route from one place to another that is suitable for vehicles.
Seahttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Sea A large body of salt water, usually connected to an ocean.
Settlementhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Settlement A Settlement is an area of land inhabited by humans and usually having buildings.
Statehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#State A State is a land area of governance within a country.
Straithttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Strait A narrow channel of a sea joining two larger bodies of water.
Townhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Town A settlement smaller than a city but larger than a village.
Townshiphttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Township A settlement and geographic area, less formally recognised than a town.
Valleyhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Valley A depressed area of land, often between mountains and often containing a river.
Villagehttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Village A small human settlement.
Volcanohttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Volcano A volcano is a crack in the Earth's crust that allows lava and hot gases to escape.
Watershedhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#Watershed A ridge of land seperating two adjacent water systems.
bounded byhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#bounded_by The bounded by property relates any place to a boundary that marks out the geographic area it covers.
inhttp://purl.org/ontology/places#in in is a property that allows you to say that a place is entirely within the boundaries of another place.
overlapshttp://purl.org/ontology/places#overlaps Overlaps is a property for saying that a particular place shares an area of land with another place but that neither place is entirely within the other.

Properties and Classes

Arbitrary Region

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#ArbitraryRegion

An area that is useful to illustrate a particular point but does not have a recognised political or cultural identity.

Bay

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Bay

An indentation to a shoreline, a body of water enclosed but with a large mouth to a wider body of water.

Beach

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Beach

The shore of a body of water, usually sandy or pebbly.

Borough

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Borough

An administrative region of governance.

Boundary

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Boundary

A Boundary resource specifies a sequence of points which, if joined, give the boundary of a geographical area. The sequence may be a serious of resources, each with a latitude and longitude, or a series of points using the datatype place:latlong. If the final point is the same as the first then the boundary is considered to be a closed area, whereas if the first and last points differ the boundary is considered to be a border line.

Semantics

Being a member of this class implies also being a member of rdf:Seq. Things are a member of this class if they are the value of a bounded by.

Cape

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Cape

A strip of land projecting into a body of water.

City

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#City

A large settlement, often with some form of formal political recognition.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:City.

Cliff

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Cliff

A steep high face of rock.

Continent

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Continent

A large landmass recognised by convention as a continent.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:Continent and geography:Continent.

Country

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Country

A region considered to be the territory of a recognised political state.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:Country.

County

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#County

A county is a land area of local governance within a country. A county may have cities and towns within its area.

Desert

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Desert

A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants.

District

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#District

A region of governance.

Estuary

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Estuary

The widened area of a river as it opens to meet the sea or ocean.

Glacier

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Glacier

A slow-moving mass of ice.

Gulf

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Gulf

Part of a sea or ocean that is partially enclosed by land. Like a bay but larger.

Hamlet

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Hamlet

A Hamlet is a small human settlement consisting of just a few dwellings.

Hill

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Hill

A hill is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain.

Island

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Island

A landmass surrounded entirely by water.

Isthmus

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Isthmus

A narrow strip of land, bounded by water on two sides, and connecting two larger landmasses.

Lake

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Lake

An inland body of water.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:Lake.

Landmass

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#LandMass

A piece of land, useful in combination with Continent, Plate and others.

Mountain

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Mountain

A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:Mountain.

Municipality

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Municipality

A region of governance, often self-governed.

Ocean

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Ocean

A major body of salt water.

Parish

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Parish

An area of regional governance stemming from the geographical area associated with a church.

Path

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Path

A Path is a recognised and maintained route from one place to another that is suitable for pedestrians.

Peninsula

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Peninsula

A landmass projecting out into a body of water.

Plain

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Plain

A level area of land.

Plate

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Plate

A geological plate, a piece of the earth’s crust. Useful for geological descriptions involving the movement and separation of continents.

Plateau

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Plateau

A flat highland, a large area of flat land higher than the surrounding land.

Province

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Province

A region of governance.

Region

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Region

A politically or culturally recognised area.

Reservoir

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Reservoir

A man-made or natural lake used for the storage and regulation of a water supply.

Ridge

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Ridge

A long elevation or striation in the land.

River

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#River

A natural watercourse flowing towards an ocean, sea or lake.

Semantics

It is equivalent to dbpo:River.

Road

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Road

A Road is a recognised and maintained route from one place to another that is suitable for vehicles.

Sea

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Sea

A large body of salt water, usually connected to an ocean.

Settlement

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Settlement

A Settlement is an area of land inhabited by humans and usually having buildings.

State

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#State

A State is a land area of governance within a country. A state may have counties, cities and towns within its area.

Strait

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Strait

A narrow channel of a sea joining two larger bodies of water.

Town

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Town

A settlement smaller than a city but larger than a village.

Township

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Township

A settlement and geographic area, less formally recognised than a town.

Valley

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Valley

A depressed area of land, often between mountains and often containing a river.

Village

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Village

A small human settlement.

Volcano

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Volcano

A volcano is a crack in the Earth's crust that allows lava and hot gases to escape.

Watershed

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#Watershed

A ridge of land seperating two adjacent water systems.

bounded by

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#bounded_by

The bounded by property relates any place to a boundary that marks out the geographic area it covers.

Semantics

Every value of this property is a Boundary.

in

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#in

in is a property that allows you to say that a place is entirely within the boundaries of another place. It allows you to make statements like "Paris is in france".

overlaps

URI: http://purl.org/ontology/places#overlaps

Overlaps is a property for saying that a particular place shares an area of land with another place but that neither place is entirely within the other.

Other Information

27 November 2010