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Re: Robots.txt and Sitemap files

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2020 09:03:58 +0000
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>, "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
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Hi All

Dan thanks for the prompt on this and I would also encourage the use of sitemaps to allow us to know what pages are available on your site.

I have added a field to the list of live deploys that lists the sitemap as well, although this is currently not shown on the website it is useful for us to have a list of these. You can find details in the following PR

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Date: Monday, 2 November 2020 at 19:12
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Subject: Robots.txt and Sitemap files
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Just a quick note to encourage discussion of robots.txt<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard> and sitemap<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitemaps> files as something that bioschemas implementers should think about. There are a few cases of bioschemas-publishing sites excluding most crawlers via a very restrictive robots.txt file. Similarly, sitemap files can make large and complex sites easier for crawlers (whether simple code or large/commercial) to collect data from efficiently, including URL discovery. Since the hope has always been that bioschemas will encourage innovative uses of marked up data, it seems worth making sure that sites aren't accidentally excluding bioschema-crawlers...



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