MSc Thesis Topic: An LOD-Geocoding API and tool for Geonames
We are looking for a highly motivated Master student who would like to develop a Geonames geocoding tool and API for linked data in LIFE. Even though library and other data is being published as linked open data in LIFE, currently, spatial reference of this data is implicit in the form of strings. In LIFE, resources should be searchable by places in a gazetteer, such as Geonames.org, as linked open data (LOD). The master thesis should address requirements for such a tool and an API reusable in the library context, discuss and analyse available solutions, and the development of an easy-to-use geocoder.
Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de) and the University Library (http://ulb.uni-muenster.de) at University of Münster.The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of research data and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data.
Interested students should contact Simon Scheider (firstname.lastname@example.org).