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Biographical Information Vocabulary


A vocabulary for describing biographical information about people, both living and dead. It contains terms useful for finding out more about people and their backgrounds and has some cross-over into genealogical information.

Properties: Key wordsPlaceEventDate and One-line bio

Classes: EventBirthDeath and Marriage

Examples

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A Biography of Henry VIII, King of England

An example of using the BIO vocabulary to describe the life of Henry VIII using some of the new event classes. more…

@prefix bio: <http://purl.org/vocab/bio/0.1/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .
@prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> .

_:henryviii
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Henry VIII, King of England"
  ; bio:father _:henryvii
  ; bio:mother _:elizplantagenet
  ; bio:child _:child1, _:child2, _:child3, _:child4, _:child5, _:child6, _:child7, _:child8
  ; bio:event _:birth, _:death, _:burial, _:accession, _:coronation, _:marriage1
            , _:marriage2, _:marriage3, _:marriage4, _:marriage5, _:marriage6
  .

_:henryvii
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Henry VII Tudor, King of England"
  ; bio:child _:henryviii
  .

_:elizplantagenet
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Elizabeth of York"
  ; bio:child _:henryviii
  .
  
_:birth
  a bio:Birth
  ; rdfs:label "The birth of Henry VIII to Henry VII and Elizabeth Plantagenet on 28 June 1491"
  ; bio:date "1491-06-28"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Palace_of_Placentia>
  ; bio:parent _:henryvii, _:elizplantagenet
  ; bio:principal _:henryviii
  .

_:death
  a bio:Death
  ; rdfs:label "The death of Henry VIII on 28 January 1547"
  ; bio:date "1547-01-28"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Palace_of_Whitehall>
  ; bio:principal _:henryviii
  .
  

_:accession
  a bio:Accession
  ; rdfs:label "The accession of Henry VIII to the throne of England on 21 April 1509"
  ; bio:date "1509-06-24"
  ; bio:principal _:henryviii
  ; bio:state <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Kingdom_of_England>
  ; bio:immediatelyPrecedingEvent [ a bio:Death
                                    ; rdfs:label "The death of Henry VII on 9 May 1509"
                                    ; bio:date "1509-05-09"
                                    ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Richmond_Palace>
                                    ; bio:principal _:henryvii
                                  ]
  .

_:coronation
  a bio:Coronation
  ; rdfs:label "The coronation of Henry VIII as King of England on 24 June 1509"
  ; bio:date "1509-06-24"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/page/Westminster_Abbey>
  ; bio:principal _:henryviii
  ; bio:precedingEvent _:accession
  .

_:burial
  a bio:Burial
  ; rdfs:label "The burial of Henry VII at St.George's Chapel, Windsor Castle,England"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/St_George%E2%80%99s_Chapel%2C_Windsor>
  ; bio:principal _:henryviii
  ; bio:precedingEvent _:death
  .

_:marriage1
  a bio:Marriage
  ; rdfs:label "The marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon"
  ; bio:date "1509-06-11"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Palace_of_Placentia>
  ; bio:partner _:henryvii, _:catharagon
  .

_:annulment1
  a bio:Annulment
  ; rdfs:label "The annulment of the marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon"
  ; bio:date "1533-05-23"
  ; bio:partner _:henryvii, _:catharagon 
  ; bio:officiator <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Thomas_Cranmer>
  .

_:catharagon
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Anne Boleyn"
  ; bio:child _:child1, _:child2, _:child3, _:child4, _:child5
  ; bio:event _:marriage1, _:annulment1
  .

_:child1
  a foaf:Person
  ; rdfs:label "Unnamed daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1510-01-31"
                ; bio:principal _:child1
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:catharagon
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:date "1510-02-02"
                ; bio:principal _:child1
              ]
  .

_:child2
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Henry"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1511-01-01"
                ; bio:principal _:child2
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:catharagon
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:date "1511-02-22"
                ; bio:principal _:child2
              ]
  .
  
_:child3
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Henry"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1514-12"
                ; bio:principal _:child3
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:catharagon
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:principal _:child3
              ]
  .

_:child4
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Mary"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1516-02-18"
                ; bio:principal _:child4
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:catharagon
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:date "1558-11-17"
                ; bio:principal _:child4
              ]
  .


_:child5
  a foaf:Person
  ; rdfs:label "Unnamed daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1518-11"
                ; bio:principal _:child5
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:catharagon
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:principal _:child5
              ]
  .
  

_:marriage2
  a bio:Marriage
  ; rdfs:label "The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn"
  ; bio:date "1533-01-25"
  ; bio:partner _:henryvii, _:anneboleyn
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Westminster_Abbey>
  .

_:anneboleyn
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Anne Boleyn"
  ; bio:child _:child6
  ; bio:event _:marriage2, _:annulment2, _:anneboleyn-death
  .

_:annulment2
  a bio:Annulment
  ; rdfs:label "The annulment of the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn"
  ; bio:date "1536-05-17"
  ; bio:partner _:henryvii, _:anneboleyn 
  .
  
_:anneboleyn-death
  a bio:Execution
  ; rdfs:label "The beheading of Anne Boleyn"
  ; bio:date "1536-05-19"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Tower_of_London>
  ; bio:principal _:anneboleyn
  .

_:child6
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Elizabeth"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1533-09-07"
                ; bio:principal _:child6
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:anneboleyn
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:date "1603-03-24"
                ; bio:principal _:child6
              ]
  .

_:marriage3
  a bio:Marriage
  ; bio:date "1536-05-20"
  ; bio:partner _:henryviii, _:janeseymour
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/York_Place>
  .

_:janeseymour
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Jane Seymour"
  ; bio:event _:marriage3, _:janeseymour-death
  ; bio:child _:child7
  .

_:janeseymour-death
  a bio:Death
  ; rdfs:label "The death of Jane Seymour on 24 October 1537"
  ; bio:date "1537-10-24"
  ; bio:principal _:janeseymour
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hampton_Court_Palace>
  .
  

_:child7
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Edward"
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:date "1537-10-12"
                ; bio:principal _:child7
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:janeseymour
                ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hampton_Court_Palace>
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Accession
                ; bio:immediatelyPrecedingEvent _:death
              ]
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Death
                ; bio:date "1553-07-06"
                ; bio:principal _:child7
                ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Palace_of_Placentia>
              ]
  .

_:marriage4
  a bio:Marriage
  ; bio:date "1540-01-06"
  ; bio:partner _:henryvii, _:annecleves
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Palace_of_Placentia>
  ; bio:officiator <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Thomas_Cranmer>
  .
    
_:annulment3
  a bio:Annulment
  ; rdfs:label "The annulment of the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves"
  ; bio:date "1540-07-09"
  ; bio:partner _:henryviii, _:annecleves
  .

_:annecleves
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Anne of Cleves"
  ; bio:event _:marriage4, _:annulment3
  .

_:marriage5
  a bio:Marriage
  ; bio:date "1540-07-28"
  ; bio:partner _:henryviii, _:cathhoward
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Oatlands_Palace>
  .
  
_:cathhoward
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Catherine Howard"
  ; bio:event _:marriage5, _:cathhoward-death
  .
  
_:cathhoward-death
  a bio:Execution
  ; rdfs:label "The beheading of Catherine Howard"
  ; bio:date "1542-02-13"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Tower_of_London>
  ; bio:principal _:cathhoward
  .

_:marriage6
  a bio:Marriage
  ; rdfs:label "The marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine Parr"
  ; bio:date "1543-07-12"
  ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hampton_Court_Palace>
  ; bio:partner _:henryviii, _:cathparr
  .
  
_:cathparr
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Catherine Parr"
  ; bio:event _:marriage6
  .


_:elizblount
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Elizabeth Blount"
  ; bio:child _:child8
  .
  
_:child8
  a foaf:Person
  ; foaf:name "Henry FitzRoy"
  ; foaf:mother _:elizblount
  ; foaf:father _:henryviii
  ; bio:event [ a bio:Birth
                ; bio:principal _:child8
                ; bio:date "1519-06-15"
                ; bio:parent _:henryviii, _:elizblount
                ; bio:place <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Blackmore>
                ]
  .

_:marriage1-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage1
  ; bio:concludingEvent _:annulment1
  .

_:marriage2-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage2
  ; bio:concludingEvent _:annulment2
  .
  
_:marriage3-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage3
  ; bio:concludingEvent _:janeseymour-death
  .

_:marriage4-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage4
  ; bio:concludingEvent _:annulment3
  .

_:marriage5-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Catherine Howard were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage5
  ; bio:terminatingEvent _:cathhoward-death
  .

_:marriage6-interval
  a bio:Interval
  ; rdfs:label "The period of time during which Henry VIII and Catherine Parr were married"
  ; bio:initiatingEvent _:marriage6
  ; bio:terminatingEvent _:henryviii-death
  .

The Early Years of Albert Einstein

An example of using the BIO vocabulary to describe some of the early years in the life of Albert Einstein. It uses some of the event classes and the interval class to relate his birth to his parent’s earlier marriage. more…

<rdf:RDF
      xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
      xmlns:rdfs="http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#"
      xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"
      xmlns:bio="http://purl.org/vocab/bio/0.1/"
      >
<foaf:Person rdf:about="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Albert_Einstein">
  <foaf:name>Albert Einstein</foaf:name>
  <bio:mother rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Pauline_Koch" />
  <bio:father rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hermann_Einstein" />

  <bio:event>
    <bio:Birth rdf:nodeID="albert-birth">
      <rdfs:label>The birth of Albert Einstein</rdfs:label>
      <bio:date>1879-03-14</bio:date>
      <bio:place rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Ulm" />
      <bio:principal rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Albert_Einstein" />
      <bio:parent rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Pauline_Koch" />
      <bio:parent rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hermann_Einstein" />
      <bio:eventInterval rdf:nodeID="albert-birth-interval"/>
    </bio:Birth>
  </bio:event>
</foaf:Person>

<foaf:Person rdf:about="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hermann_Einstein">
  <foaf:name>Hermann Einstein</foaf:name>
  <bio:event>
    <bio:Marriage rdf:nodeID="hermann-and-pauline-marriage">
      <rdfs:label>The marriage of Hermman Einstein and Pauline Koch</rdfs:label>
      <bio:place rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Cannstatt" />
      <bio:partner rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Pauline_Koch" />
      <bio:partner rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hermann_Einstein" />
    </bio:Marriage>
  </bio:event>
</foaf:Person>

<foaf:Person rdf:about="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Pauline_Koch">
  <foaf:name>Pauline Einstein</foaf:name>
  <bio:event rdf:nodeID="hermann-and-pauline-marriage"/>
</foaf:Person>

<bio:Interval rdf:nodeID="albert-birth-interval">
  <rdfs:label>The time during which Albert was born</rdfs:label>
  <time:intDuring rdf:nodeID="hermann-and-pauline-being-married"/>
</bio:Interval>

<bio:Interval rdf:nodeID="hermann-and-pauline-being-married">
  <rdfs:label>The time during which Hermann and Pauline were married</rdfs:label>
  <bio:initiatingEvent rdf:nodeID="hermann-and-pauline-marriage" />
  <bio:concludingEvent>
    <bio:Death>
      <rdfs:label>The death of Hermann Einstein</rdfs:label>
      <bio:principal rdf:resource="http://dbpedia.org/resource/Hermann_Einstein" />
    </bio:Death>
  </bio:concludingEvent>
</bio:Interval>

<bio:Interval rdf:nodeID="albert-attending-elementary-school">
  <rdfs:label>The period of time during which Albert attended elementary school</rdfs:label>
  <time:intAfter rdf:nodeID="albert-birth-interval"/>
</bio:Interval>

<bio:Interval rdf:nodeID="albert-taking-violin-lessons">
  <rdfs:label>The period of time during which Albert took violin lessons</rdfs:label>
  <time:intAfter rdf:nodeID="albert-birth-interval"/>
</bio:Interval>

</rdf:RDF>

Basic Biographical Information

This example uses FOAF to describe a person plus BIO to provide a simpleone-line biography, keywords and details of his birth and marriage. more…

<rdf:RDF
      xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
      xmlns:rdfs="http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#"
      xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"
      xmlns:bio="http://purl.org/vocab/bio/0.1/"
      >
  <foaf:Person rdf:nodeID="ian">
    <foaf:name>Ian Davis</foaf:name>
    <foaf:title>Mr</foaf:title>
    <foaf:firstName>Ian</foaf:firstName>
    <foaf:surname>Davis</foaf:surname>
    <bio:olb>
        British; software developer; former CTO of Calaba; 
        author of OCS; co-author of RSS 1.0; developer of myRSS and Pepys.
    </bio:olb>
    <bio:keywords>
      CTO, RSS, web services, xml, nerd, geek, scifi, RDF, engineering, 
      open source, php, de-centralization, chillout, science fiction, physics,
      Perl
    </bio:keywords>
	
    <bio:event>
      <bio:Birth>
        <bio:date>1970-06-15</bio:date>
        <bio:place>Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom</bio:place>
      </bio:Birth>
    </bio:event>
  
    <bio:event>
      <bio:Marriage>
        <bio:date>1995-08-04</bio:date>
        <bio:place>
          Northampton Register Office, 
          Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
        </bio:place>
      </bio:Marriage>
    </bio:event>
  </foaf:Person>
</rdf:RDF>