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Core Entity


Status: Standard

An identifiable geographic place.
ISO 19112 defines a location as "an identifiable geographic place" With this in mind, "Eiffel Tower", "Madrid" and "California" are all locations and this is a common way of representing locations in public sector data, i.e. simply by using a recognised name. Such identifiers are common although they can be highly ambiguous as many places share the same or similar names.

Locations can be described in three principal ways: by using a place name, a geometry or an address. The specific context will determine which method of describing a location is most appropriate.

In addition to a simple (string) label or name for a Location, this vocabulary defines a property that allows a Location to be defined by a URI, such as a URI used in the Named Authority Lists of the EU Publications Office (NALs) or a GeoNames URI.

The Core Vocabularies make a minimum number of assumptions about what data will be encoded. A single address may be defined in different ways, a geometry may be defined using different coordinate reference systems and a single place may have no recognised name or multiple names. However, it is clearly nonsense to define a location without any properties or to provide multiple instances of the same property with conflicting values.
Unique identifier
API url
Related definitions
see also Person
see also Geometry
see also Address
has member LocationGeographicName
has member LocationGeographicIdentifier
has member LocationAddress
has member LocationGeometry
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