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Re: Things for Sale vs Reference Information

From: Martin Hepp <mfhepp@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 16:54:50 +0100
Cc: public-schemaorg@w3.org
Message-Id: <1091BB5C-49F8-42CC-9E31-799A10AA31F6@gmail.com>
To: George Michaels <gdm@trovestar.com>
Short answer:
Use Product or Service for the things.
Use Offer for any statement to transfer or grant rights on the thing for a compensation (e.g. a monetary amount).

See also here:


GoodRelations is the conceptual basis for the e-commerce part of schema.org.

You can (but don’t have to) be more precise wrt whether the thing is a single, identifiable item (like a particular iPhone with a certain serial number, as in an eBay auction), a bag of multiple identical products (like those on an Amazon offer), or the datasheetnor product model (e.g. on a manufacturer’s page).

See the subclasses of schema:Product for details.

Best wishes

martin hepp
www:  http://www.heppnetz.de/
email: mhepp@computer.org

> Am 11.03.2019 um 15:53 schrieb George Michaels <gdm@trovestar.com>:
>> Perhaps there is a standard answer to this question.  Perhaps there should be an additional field on Thing.
>> Some pages (eBay, Amazon) clearly describe things that are for sale.  Other pages, might be more akin to encyclopedia pages (wikis).  It seems to me that a Thing page should be able to describe itself as one or the other.  This can assist people by differentiating between searches for people looking to buy something vs people looking to learn more about something.  
>> In the world of financial securities, we differentiate the two types of data as being either “market data” or “security master data”.
>> Perhaps subclassing thing into thing-for-sale versus thing-description is the right way to go.  I assume someone has already given this some thought and can explain to me the accepted solution for differentiation.
>> Thanks,
>> George
>> Sent from my iPad

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