A good description is essential

Created by Professor Martin Hepp, the GoodRelations ontology is a foundational dictionary for the descriptions of products and offers and was designed to allow for ontological extensions, including more specialised dictionaries for different industries. The Vehicle Sales Ontology is an ontology for describing new cars.

Noticing the potential of the much larger market of used car sales and applying the capabilities of both aforementioned solutions, MakoLab’s developers and Professor Hepp have devised a new solution: The Used Cars Ontology (UCO).

This new ontology allows for the description of features that are valid only for used cars, such as mileage, technical inspections or type of usage. This ontology may also be used for the descriptions of offers from used car dealers, portals for selling used cars, and car rental companies.

UCO represents a new quality in the approach to the engineering of web ontologies. Due to the vast number of properties with which a car can be described, instead of enumerating them all, we introduced the UCO class: PropertyValue, which enables the users to define any given property/feature. Such a solution was used for the first time in 2012 by Professor Hepp in his Accommodation Ontology.

Another automotive ontology that is an extension of ‘GoodRelations’ created by MakoLab is the Car Audio Ontology (CAO). It was designed for the semantic description of car audio/video products offered through online shops. Naturally, CAO can be used in conjunction with the Used Cars Ontology described above.

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