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Re: What is schema.org? A technical briefing paper

From: Phil Barker <phil.barker@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:07:51 +0200
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To: Liddy Nevile <liddy@sunriseresearch.org>
Cc: Lorna Campbell <lmc@strath.ac.uk>, public-vocabs@w3.org

Hello Liddy, thank you for your comments. Part of the reason for the emphasis on microdata over RDFa is the inordinately long time it took me to write the briefing (Lorna was much prompter with her contributions). I started before the recent updates that put RDFa and JSON-LD on an equal footing on the schema.org site in terms of examples etc. I didn't have space for bilingual examples in microdata and RDFa and didn't want to use one syntax while the main site I would recommend for people who decide to implement schema used the other. Also, I must admit find microdata easier that RDFa and I find it easier to explain schema.org in terms of microdata (yes I know RDFa lite 1.1 is easier that RDFa, but that's one more thing to explain). 
I hope the code examples are enough to illustrate the schema.org approach, I didn't really want to go to far into the syntax options.  The publication is licensed cc-by (and we'll be putting editable text online soon), if someone wants to produce an RDFa version I'ld be happy to do what  I can to help. 


Sent from my ASUS Pad

Liddy Nevile <liddy@sunriseresearch.org> wrote:

>Phil and Lorna
>thanks for this really useful work -
>My only comment is a little sadness that you seem to privilege  
>microdata over RDFa etc... You say that microdata is the most  
>frequently used but, IMHO, you contribute to that situation  by making  
>it easy for folks to use microdata but don't show how to use RDFa. Of  
>course you do refer to it etc but I wonder if in an explanation of  
>schema.org that is sure to become very popular, it'd be good to  
>include both approaches?
>On 06/06/2014, at 1:57 AM, Phil Barker wrote:
>> Hello all.
>> I hope you don't mind me using this list to advertise a briefing  
>> paper which aims to describe schema.org. I also invite comments and  
>> discussion on how it might be improved in future revisions.
>> As part of our work for Creative Commons on managing the Learning  
>> Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), Cetis today publish a new  
>> technical briefing paper “What is schema.org?”.
>> We often find that when explaining the technology approach of LRMI  
>> we are mostly talking about schema.org, so this briefing, which  
>> describes the schema.org specification for a technical audience  
>> should be of interest to anyone thinking about implementing or using  
>> LRMI in a website or other tool. It should also be of interest to  
>> people who plan to use schema.org for describing other types of  
>> resource.
>> You can download the briefing from http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/2014/960
>> Best regards, Phil
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