Bioschemas use existing standards provided by Schema.org to facilitate dissemination and information exchange within the life sciences.
Bioschemas community is working towards extending the existing schema.org standards in the following areas: events, training materials, people, standards and organisations in the life sciences. It is a open to any organisation or individual; currently it has representatives from ELIXIR, Pistoia Alliance, GOBLET, TeSS, BioSharing and BBMRI.
Main benefits of Bioschema approach:
- Bioschemas is easy to adopt - taking advantage of existing standards, Bioschema doesn’t require extensive technical changes to adopt the system. To adopt Bischemas, organisations can use their own - already existing websites - and only add a small part of additional information specific to Bioschemas.
- Bioschemas spans all areas of life sciences and provide a venue to discuss community standards across particular life science domains
- Bioschemas provides effective dissemination of life science information, reducing the need for manual curation and re-publication
For each of the areas (events, training materials, people, standards and organisations), Bioschemas is developing three components:
- Data model - extension of existing standards in schema.org. This extension will be submitted to schema.org and will - if accepted - become part of the schema standards
- Minimum information guidelines - guidelines how to use the proposed data model, defining each specification and explaining what kind of information should be provided
- Controlled vocabularies - controlled vocabularies that will be used to describe some types of information (e.g. scientific topic for events, organisations, etc)
Development process and consultations
The three components for each area of activity are first developed within the Bioschemas community (e.g. Events, Organisation, and others). Once the community agrees on the proposals, they are open for comments in an open consultation. The broad life-science community has then 30 days to send their comments and suggestions on the proposed materials. The submitted comments are then discussed within the Bioschemas community, which will then propose a final proposal, taking into account all issues raised during the consultation.
You can submit your comments directly in the Google documents, or you can use the BioSchemas GitHub repository to discuss a specific issue.
The deadline is 29 February 2016.
If you missed a meeting please check the meetings and minutes page.