Posts Tagged ‘Microformats’

Support for RDFa & Vocabulary in Google Rich Snippets

An article by Stéphane Corlosquet discusses some of the highlights from the recent workshop. Corlosquet writes, “One of the highlights of the workshop for me was the syntax break out session, where most of the key players of the microformats, RDFa and microdata communities were present. The room was full of people passionate about structured data, and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. We exchanged our opinions and pros/cons about each syntax (more on that in a different post). The outcome was a rough consensus that the community needs to keep supporting multiple syntaxes, since they are currently all still evolving and learning from one another.”

Corlosquet continues, “I noticed on Monday that Google released a new version of the Google Rich Snippets testing tool which supports the types in RDFa. That’s a big deal for Drupal 7 which ships with native RDFa support. I’ve put together a screencast which shows how it is possible today to enable Rich Snippets on Drupal 7 using the module.” View the screencast above. Workshop – A Path Forward

photo of schema-org leadership panel at workshop Leadership Panel; L-to-R: Michael O'Connor (Microsoft), John Giannandrea (Google), Charlie Jiang (Microsoft), Kavi Goel (Google), R.V. Guha (Google), Steve MacBeth (Microsoft), Gaurav Mishra (Yahoo), Peter Mika (Yahoo)

A room full of interested parties gathered in Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus yesterday to discuss, its implications on existing vocabularies, syntaxes, and projects, and how best to move forward with what has admittedly been a bumpy road., you may recall, is the vocabulary for structured data markup that was released by Google, Microsoft, and Bing on June 2 of this year.  The website states, “A shared markup vocabulary makes easier for webmasters to decide on a markup schema and get the maximum benefit for their efforts. So, in the spirit of, Bing, Google and Yahoo! have come together to provide a shared collection of schemas that webmasters can use.”  (For more history about the roll-out and initial reactions to it, here’s a summary.)

Yesterday was the first time since the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Francisco that community members have gathered face-to-face to discuss in an open forum. It was a full agenda with plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion.

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Discussing the Issues Surrounding

A recent post by Ivan Herman, Semantic Web Activity Lead for the W3C, takes a look at the primary discussions that have been sparked since the emergence of and what the semantic web community needs to talk about next. The first major topic of discussion, according to the article, has been, “What is the evolution path of the vocabularies; how do they relate to vocabulary developments around the world that has already brought us such widely used vocabularies like Dublin Core, GoodRelations, FOAF, vCard, the different microformat vocabularies, etc?” Read more

Facebook Supports Microformats in Download Your Information Feature

Facebook now supports microformats in its Download Your Information feature: “The addition provides developers with a way to parse the profile information, posts, photos and videos contained in a Facebook user’s account. Although the change doesn’t have a direct impact on what a mainstream user can do with their Facebook data – you still can’t export your Facebook contact list, for example – it’s an important step for Facebook to make in terms of loosening its formerly tight control over user data.” Read more – One Month In

MicrophonesIf you have been following the news from the world of web standards, linked data, and/or semantic web, you certainly have heard about If you missed it, is a collaboration of Google, Yahoo! and Bing and is a way to include structured data in web pages. The vocabulary includes descriptive terms for content like movies, music, organizations, TV shows, products, locations, and more – there are over 100 terms. According to the website, the goal is “to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages.”

Announced just before The San Francisco Semantic Technology Conference, was the most heated discussion topic the conference has seen in some time, and since then has been talked about extensively in news publications, podcasts, email discussion boards, and Q&A systems. (In case you missed all the hubub, following is a timeline of some of the early reactions.)

There is little doubt that will continue to be a topic of conversation for some time to come, but as we are now about one month in, we wanted to look in on the discussion and provide an aggregation of some of the many voices and opinions we have heard, including some very recent developments and newly available video of the Google Rich Snippets session from SemTech.

Be sure to see the bottom of this post for the latest!


June 2 – is announced by Google, Yahoo, and Bing

June 2 – A public discussion forum is opened as a Google Group

June 2 – Mike Bergman – Structured Web Gets Massive Boost/

June is announced. This was a quick response from the Linked Data community “to express the terms provided by the consortium in RDF.” Of particular interest may be the various tools that are in development by community members.

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The Semantic Link LIVE at #SemTech + commentary – Episode 6, June 2011

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

NOTE: This podcast will be of most interest to attendees of SemTech 2011, as the bulk of it consists of panelists’ insights and recommendations about upcoming sessions. That said, there was a discussion that arose that non-attendees may find of interest. The panel was asked to comment on the recent announcement from Google, Microsoft, and Bing about This commentary is available as a separate file below (click “Play the discussion”).

On Sunday, June 5, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller at SemTech 2011 in San Francisco, for a special face-to-face presentation of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. Joining them this month was special guest Dave McComb, President of Semantic Arts, and SemTech Conference Co-Chair.
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Google, Yahoo! and Bing Announce

[Revised and re-posted at 4:03pm EST]

schema.orgIn a collaborative effort reminiscent of, Google, Yahoo! and Bing have announced the launch of  Perhaps the most significant aspect of this announcement is the particular standard they have focused on: namely, microdata.

In the Google announcement, Kavi Goel and Pravir Gupta of Google’s search team say, “Historically, we’ve supported three different standards for structured data markup: microdata, microformats, and RDFa. We’ve decided to focus on just one format for to create a simpler story for webmasters and to improve consistency across search engines relying on the data.”

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On various RDF API-s…

(By Ivan Herman and Manu Sporny)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post, by Ivan Herman and Manu Sporny, was originally published on and appears here courtesy of the W3C and the authors of the article. is a member of the W3C.]

The World Wide Web Consortium’s RDF Web Applications Working Group has published the first draft of the RDF Interfaces specification. This is a companion specification to the upcoming RDF API and the recently published RDFa API. Until recently the group publishing this specification was known as the “The RDFa Working Group”. After a need was identified for a common set of programming APIs for working with structured data on the Web, the RDFa Working Group was re-created as the RDF Web Applications Working Group. This article explains how each of the specifications that this group is producing work together to create a common Semantic Web publishing and development environment.

The Semantic Web has gained significant traction in the past few years. The buzz around this year’s Semantic Technologies conference, SemTech 2011, is a sign of the rapid growth of the Semantic Web. The amount of RDF data published on the Web is steadily growing thanks, for example, to the Linked Open Data movement, the eGovernmental initiatives, or the integration RDFa into content management systems and popular Web destinations. However, if one looks at the applications that make use of that RDF data, most of them can be characterized as “server-side”. The bulk of the work performed crawling, extracting, and processing the data is done behind the scenes. The Web browser is merely displaying information that has been created elsewhere. That is, the domain of the Semantic Web has not reached the world of “Web Applications”. Semantic Web applications running within the browser and written almost exclusively in Javascript are still few and far between. Web Applications can be seen as operating in a very different programming environment. Developers have their own development styles, architectures, and distinct communities. The Web Application development community, in general, strives for a much greater simplicity and a lower barrier-to-entry than client-side programmers and developers. Read more

hNews & rNews: The Pros and Cons

Idea Lab recently wrote about the struggle between hNews and rNews. The article states, “We started, back in 2008, with a problem: Very few online news stories had consistent, machine-readable information about their provenance (i.e. basic stuff like who wrote it, who published it, when it was first published, etc.). This was a problem because without this information — or metadata — it was incredibly difficult to differentiate news from other content on the web, or to figure out where news had come from. We searched about for a solution to the problem, thanks to grants from the Knight and MacArthur Foundations, and found not one but two. The first was microformats — which are straightforward, open mark-up formats built on existing standards. The second was RDFa, a method of embedding full RDF, the linked data language of the semantic web.” Read more

SEO Terms to Know for Web 3.0

A recent article directed at SEO (search engine optimization) professionals gives insight into some emerging terms that are coinciding with the development of Web 3.0. According to the article, “A cornucopia of recent changes all over the web (Google included) are directed at making the internet a more Web 3.0 (semantic) friendly place cluttered with less spam.” Knowledge of the discussed terms should help SEO professionals stay up-to-date with Web 3.0 and out of trouble with Google. Read more