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TrainingMaterial Specification v. 0.2

A specification for describing training materials in life sciences


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

Group Leader(s)
Other team members

Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran

Aleksandra Nenadic

Andra Waagmeester

Cath Brooksbank

Chris Taylor

Christa Janko

Claire Johnson

Dan Timmons

Dominique Batista

Guillermo Calderon Mantilla

John Van Horn

Lee Larcombe

Martin Cook

Michael R Crusoe

Niall Beard

Peter McQuilton

Philippe Rocca-Serra

Rafael C Jimenez

Sarah Morgan

Susanna A Sansone

Terri Atwood


The Life Science Training Materials specification provides a way to describe bioscience training material on the World Wide Web. It defines a set of metadata and vocabularies, built on top of existing technologies and standards, that can be used to represent events in Web pages and applications. The goal of the specification is to make it easier to discover, exchange and integrate life science training material information across the Internet. hierarchy

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

Thing > CreativeWork

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
about Thing Schema: The subject matter of the content. ONE
audience Audience Schema: An intended audience, i.e. a group for whom something was created.
Bioschemas: Please choose values from EDAM:Topic.
genre Text
Schema: Genre of the creative work, broadcast channel or group. MANY EDAM:Topic
name Text Schema: The name of the item. ONE
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!
Marginality: Recommended
author Organization
Schema: The author of this content or rating. 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. MANY
contributor Organization
Schema: A secondary contributor to the CreativeWork or Event. MANY
description Text Schema: A description of the item. ONE
difficultyLevel Text Schema: Difficulty level; level of experience required by users. Choose value from Controlled Vocabulary column. ONE beginner,
keywords Text Schema: Keywords or tags used to describe this content. Multiple entries in a keywords list are typically delimited by commas. ONE
license CreativeWork
Schema: A license document that applies to this content, typically indicated by URL. ONE
url URL Schema: URL of the item. MANY
Marginality: Recommended
dateCreated Date
Schema: The date on which the CreativeWork was created or the item was added to a DataFeed. ONE
dateModified Date
Schema: The date on which the CreativeWork was most recently modified or when the item's entry was modified within a DataFeed. ONE
hasPart CreativeWork Schema: Indicates a CreativeWork that is (in some sense) a part of this CreativeWork. MANY
inLanguage Language
Schema: The language of the content or performance or used in an action. Please use one of the language codes from the IETF BCP 47 standard. See also availableLanguage.
Bioschemas: Defaults to English if not specified. Please choose a value from IETF BCP 47 standard.
ONE IETF BCP 47 standard
isPartOf CreativeWork Schema: Indicates a CreativeWork that this CreativeWork is (in some sense) part of. Has inverse property hasPart. MANY
learningResourceType Text Schema: The predominant type or kind characterizing the learning resource. For example, 'presentation', 'handout'.
Bioschemas: Please either leave blank or select one of the values from the Controlled Vocabulary column.
MANY exercise files,
mentions Thing Schema: Indicates that the CreativeWork contains a reference to, but is not necessarily about a concept.
Bioschemas: Can be used to link additional resources, such as datasets, tools, etc.
pid Text Bioschemas: Permanent identifer, such as DOIs. ONE
review Review Schema: A review of the item. MANY
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. ONE
timeRequired Duration Schema: Approximate or typical time it takes to work with or through this learning resource for the typical intended target audience, e.g. 'P30M', 'P1H25M'.
Bioschemas: Please specify in ISO 8601 duration format.
version Number
Schema: The version of the CreativeWork embodied by a specified resource. ONE

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