As part of my work with Cetis for Creative Commons on managing the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), Cetis today publish a new technical briefing paper “What is schema.org?”. LRMI is built on and expands schema.org so that it can be used to describe educationally significant characteristics of resources. I often find when explaining LRMI at a technical level, mostly I am explaining schema.org, hence this briefing as the first of a series coauthored by me and Lorna M Campbell, planned to explain LRMI.
“What is schema.org?” describes the schema.org specification for a technical audience. It is aimed at people who may want to use schema.org markup in websites or other tools, and who wish to know more about the technical approach behind schema.org and how to implement it. As such, it has relevance beyond our work in supporting LRMI, and we hope it will be of interest to anyone describing resources on the web, whether these are educational resources or not.
This paper has been written by me and who lead Cetis’ work on LRMI. Phil has been involved in the LRMI technical working group since its inception in Summer 2011. He and Lorna each have over ten years experience in the creation and implementation of learning resource metadata standards and in semantic technologies for resource description.
The “What is schema.org?” briefing paper is available from the Cetis publications site at http://publications.cetis.org.uk/2014/960
[Aside: yes I do know that a pdf with a CC By licence is a contradiction of permission and technology. Soon I will be releasing the source text for reuse and comments.]