schema.org Gets a Face-Lift

by Aaron Bradley on April 4, 2014

in Search Engines, Semantic Web

schema.org Website Gets a Face-Lift

As reported today by Dan Brickley, a new version of the schema.org website has been launched.

The most significant change is that examples are now available in RDFa and JSON-LD in addition to the microdata examples previously provided. This addition of these examples fulfills one of the longest-standing requests from webmasters and search marketers, and the JSON-LD examples are particularly welcome as Google has recently been looking upon JSON-LD with greater favor.

schema.org examples now include RDFa and JSON-LD

In addition to microdata, schema.org now features code examples in RDFa and JSON-LD, all accessible via tabs underneath the specifications for each item type
 
Pictured above is the JSON-LD example for schema.org/Organization

The other major change to the site is that under each type a list of the properties for which that type is an valid value appears. This will be a particularly useful feature for webmasters not acquainted with the full vocabulary, and who as a result might not be aware of relevant properties for a type they're employing.

Properties for which shema.org/Event is a valid value

Under each type, schema.org now lists the properties for which that type is a valid value
 
Pictured above is a list of the properties for which schema.org/Event (or one of its more specific types) is a valid value

Various bugs are being identified and fixed these changes roll out, but feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for this major schema.org site upgrade.

A final note that at time of writing the JSON-LD examples for the schema.org/Action hierarchy that were previously present have disappeared in this new version of the site (there are now no examples here of any type). I've made an inquiry and will update this post when and if I hear more about the status of schema.org/Action examples.

UPDATE

The update being of the short and sweet variety. Heard back from Dan Brickley about the missing schema.org/Action examples.

They'll be back! Thanks for caring ;)

UPDATE 2

Also from Dan Brickley, a version number and some additions to the vocabulary.

This is schema.org v1.1. Version 1.1 includes substantial new
vocabulary for describing Reservations(*), a handy Question/Answer
vocabulary much discussed here recently, and a utility type for
EmailMessage. For more details, entry points:

http://schema.org/Reservation
http://schema.org/Question
http://schema.org/EmailMessage

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1 Hortense Soulier April 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

Great news on the second update, that should be really useful as I’m not fully familiar with the vocabulary and always have to spend time going through the full hierarchy of types or work with refined searches to find all potentially relevant properties.

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