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Beacon Specification v. 0.2

A convention for beacon to self-describe.


The following people have been involved in the creation of this specification document. They are all members of the Beacons group.

Group Leader(s)

Serena Scollen

Audald Lloret

Other team members

Andra Waagmeester

Michael Baudis

Susheel Varma


In this document we propose a simple way for a beacons to self-describe their genetic variant cardinality service for better integration with other beacons within the beacon-network. It builds upon the Beacon service API and uses existing entities and properties. hierarchy

This is a new Profile that fits into the hierarchy as follows:

Thing > CreativeWork > DataCatalog

Key to specification table properties where the Expected Types have been changed, or new (i.e., Bioschemas created) properties/types are green. properties/types are red.

Pending properties/types are blue.

External (i.e., from 3rd party ontology) properties/types are black.

CD = Cardinality

Property Expected Type Description CD Controlled Vocabulary
Marginality: Minimum
dataset Dataset Schema: A dataset contained in this catalog.
Bioschemas: Datasets served by this Beacon.
name Text Schema: The name of the item.
Bioschemas: Name of the Beacon.
provider Organization
Schema: The service provider, service operator, or service performer; the goods producer. Another party (a seller) may offer those services or goods on behalf of the provider. A provider may also serve as the seller.
Bioschemas: Contact information for this beacon.
potentialAction Action Schema: Indicates a potential Action, which describes an idealized action in which this thing would play an 'object' role.
Bioschemas: List of Actions that can be performed on a Beacon.
rdf:type URL Bioschemas: This is used by validation tools to indentify the profile used. You must use the value specified in the Controlled Vocabulary column. ONE Missing!
supportedRefs Text Bioschemas: Supported Genome ID references. MANY
url URL Schema: URL of the item.
Bioschemas: Welcome page for this beacon.
Marginality: Recommended
aggregator Boolean
Bioschemas: True if the Beacon is an aggregator of other Beacons. ONE
description Text
Schema: A description of the item.
Bioschemas: Description of the Beacon.
identifier PropertyValue
Schema: The identifier property represents any kind of identifier for any kind of Thing, such as ISBNs, GTIN codes, UUIDs etc. provides dedicated properties for representing many of these, either as textual strings or as URL (URI) links. See background notes for more details.
Bioschemas: Unique identifier of the Beacon.
version Number
Schema: The version of the CreativeWork embodied by a specified resource.
Bioschemas: Beacon API version.
Marginality: Optional
sameAs URL Schema: URL of a reference Web page that unambiguously indicates the item's identity. E.g. the URL of the item's Wikipedia page, Wikidata entry, or official website.
Bioschemas: Alternative URL for this Beacon.

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