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Bioschemas aims to improve data interoperability in life sciences. It does this by encouraging people in life science to use schema.org markup, so that their websites and services contain consistently structured information. This structured information then makes it easier to discover, collate and analyse distributed data. The main outcome of Bioschemas is a collection of specifications that provide guidelines to facilitate a more consistent adoption of schema.org markup within the life sciences. Bioschemas operates as an open community initiative. You are welcome to join a community group.

Schema.org

Schema.org provides a way for us to add semantic markup to web pages. It describes ‘types’ of information, which then have ‘properties’. For example, ‘Event’ is a type that has properties like ‘startDate’, ‘endDate’ and ‘description’. If types or properties needed in the life sciences are missing, then Bioschemas proposes their adoption by Schema.org. Schema.org is a community effort supported by the main search engines, and is already widely implemented acrosss the web.

Bioschemas for generic types

Schema.org defines common generic types like events and datasets which can be used not just in life sciences but in many other disciplines. Bioschemas is working on specifications to improve the description of generic types in life sciences.

Bioschemas for biological types

At the moment biological content types like pathways and proteins are not well represented in schema.org. Bioschemas aims to engage with life science communities relying on existing community agreements to bring forward new biological types to schema.org.

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