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Re: author vs. creator

From: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:58:53 +0200
Cc: Public Vocabs <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Message-Id: <6D57EF85-577B-404B-874A-7CDC439B5F3B@ebusiness-unibw.org>
To: Aaron Bradley <aaranged@yahoo.com>
If I remember correctly, that comes from the rNews integration, because in some contexts, "author" is too narrow a word for the individual that created the piece of creative work.

On Apr 30, 2012, at 9:54 PM, Aaron Bradley wrote:

> Can anyone tell me what the difference is between "creator" and "author" in schema.org microdata, and under what circumstance I would ever use "creator" rather than "author"?
> I've scoured all the schema.org page pages and there's not a single code example that uses "creator" in the code.
> Here are the (infuriatingly vague, IMHO) descriptions of the two properties listed under CreativeWork:
> author
> The author of this content. Please note that author is special in that HTML 5 provides a special mechanism for indicating authorship via the rel tag. That is equivalent to this and may be used interchangabely [sic].
> creator
> The creator/author of this CreativeWork or UserComments. This is the same as the Author property for CreativeWork.
> And a related CreativeWork property:
> sourceOrganization
> The Organization on whose behalf the creator was working.
> No further clarity is to be gained from Google's Recipe example that actually mentions "creator", though not as a property [1].
> Under properties recognized:
> Property - author
> Description - Creator of the recipe. Can include nested Person information.
> data-vocabulary.org markup example:
> By <span itemprop="author">Carol Smith</span>
> So - again - under what circumstances would one use "creator" instead of "author"?  And if the answer is "they're fully interchangeable" why is "creator" part of the schema?
> By the way, I'm aware of the DublinCore dc:author element, and it's relationship to the RSS "author" element [2] (the former being less restrictive than the latter), but I can't see why the existence of dc:creator would cause the property "creator" to surface in the schema.
> [1] http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=173379
> [2] http://www.rssboard.org/rss-profile#namespace-elements-dublin-creator
> Thanks!
> Aaron Bradley

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