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Re: Expected value for the author property

From: Laura Dawson <Laura.Dawson@bowker.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:45:22 +0000
To: Aaron Bradley <aaranged@gmail.com>, Chilly Bang <chilly_bang@yahoo.de>
CC: David Deering <david@touchpointdigital.net>, "public-vocabs@w3.org" <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CF51BA05.679A0%laura.dawson@bowker.com>
Also consider http://isni.org (these can be rendered as http URIs, e.g. http://isni.org/isni/0000000410295439), as well as http://orcid.org (which can be rendered similarly - http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9648-1782)

From: Aaron Bradley <aaranged@gmail.com<mailto:aaranged@gmail.com>>
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM
To: Chilly Bang <chilly_bang@yahoo.de<mailto:chilly_bang@yahoo.de>>
Cc: David Deering <david@touchpointdigital.net<mailto:david@touchpointdigital.net>>, "public-vocabs@w3.org<mailto:public-vocabs@w3.org>" <public-vocabs@w3.org<mailto:public-vocabs@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Expected value for the author property
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Resent-Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Further to Phil's point, you'll find this in the "Expected types, text, and URLs" section of the schema.org<http://schema.org> documentation [1]:

When browsing the schema.org<http://schema.org> types, you will notice that many properties have "expected types". This means that the value of the property can itself be an embedded item (see section 1d: embedded items). But this is not a requirement-it's fine to include just regular text or a URL.

[1] http://schema.org/docs/gs.html#schemaorg_expected

On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:50 AM, Chilly Bang <chilly_bang@yahoo.de<mailto:chilly_bang@yahoo.de>> wrote:
Google wants to get from the web document a verifiable entities, so you is you want to provide any author information, you are free to use a set of author's properties like Person and Organization and rel="author" and itemprop="sameAs", which can be putted together in any combination. E.g. something like:

<div itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person>

<span itemprop="url">https://www.google.com/+exampleperson</span>
<link rel="author" href="https://www.freebase.com/m/0_xxxx" />
<span itemprop="sameAs">http://about.me/exampleperson</span>



Von: David Deering <david@touchpointdigital.net<mailto:david@touchpointdigital.net>>
An: public-vocabs@w3.org<mailto:public-vocabs@w3.org>
Gesendet: 2:06 Freitag, 21.März 2014
Betreff: Expected value for the author property

Maybe this is an oversight on my part that I didn't notice it before this week or maybe this is a recent change, but I noticed that on the schema.org/Review<http://schema.org/Review> page as well as on other pages, the expected value for the author property is Person or Organization.  For a long time, the author's name was simply declared with text, and the examples that exist on schema.org<http://schema.org> as well as in Google's rich snippet guidelines all show the value of the author property as text.  So is this a new standard, and when using the author property, is the expected value now a Person or Organization?  And will declaring the author simply with text no longer suffice?

Also interesting is the author property's definition:  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 interchangeably.  If I understand this correctly, it would seem that this is stating that the author could be declared by using the rel=author tag.  But could someone please explain this definition a little more as well as how the author property could/should be declared moving forward, either with or without the rel tag?  Maybe some examples would be nice.  :-)

Thanks in advance.

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