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<meta itemprop="logo" content="http://bioschemas.org/images/square_logo2.png"/>
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://bioschemas.org"/>
<meta itemprop="email" content="community@bioschemas.org"/>
<meta itemprop="name" content="Bioschemas Community"/>
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<i class="fas fa-exclamation-circle"></i> Welcoming applications for the <a href="https://www.elixir-europe.org/platforms/interoperability/rfp-bioschemas" class="alert-link">ELIXIR Bioschemas Travel Grants and Staff Exchange Programme</a>.
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<h1>What is Bioschemas?</h1>
<p>
Bioschemas aims to improve data interoperability in life sciences. It does this by encouraging people in life science to
use schema.org markup, so that their websites and services contain consistently structured information. This structured
information then makes it easier to discover, collate and analyse distributed data.
</p>
<p>
The main outcome of Bioschemas is a collection of specifications that provide guidelines to facilitate a more consistent
adoption of schema.org markup within the life sciences.
</p>
<p>
Bioschemas started as a community effort in November 2015. It operates as an open community initiative with more than
<a href="/people/">200 people</a> from a wide variety of institutions. You are welcome to
<a href="/howtojoin/">join the community</a>.
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<h2>Schema.org</h2>
<p>
Schema.org provides a way for us to add semantic markup to web pages. It describes ‘types’ of information, which then have
‘properties’. For example, ‘Event’ is a type that has properties like ‘startDate’, ‘endDate’ and ‘description’. If types
or properties needed in the life sciences are missing, then Bioschemas proposes their adoption by Schema.org.
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<p>
Schema.org is a community effort supported by the main search engines, and is already widely implemented across the web.
</p>
<h2>Bioschemas for generic types</h2>
<p>
Schema.org defines common generic types like events and datasets which can be used not just in life sciences but in many
other disciplines. Bioschemas is working on specifications to improve the description of generic types in life sciences.
The dataset markup properties that Bioschemas specifies as mandatory will also make them <a href="/software/index.html#googleDatasetSearch">findable by Google's
Dataset Search.</a>
</p>
<h2>Bioschemas for biological types</h2>
<p>
At the moment biological content types like pathways and proteins are not well represented in schema.org. Bioschemas aims
to engage with life science communities relying on existing community agreements to bring forward new biological types
to schema.org.
</p>
<h2>Funding</h2>
<p>
The Bioschemas Community have received funding through the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE grant and ELIXIR Implementation Studies. Full details of funding can be on our <a href="/funders/">funding page</a>.
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<h3>Upcoming events</h3>
{% assign sorted_meetings = site.meetings | sort: 'start_date' %}
{% assign count = 0 %}
{% for meeting in sorted_meetings %}
{% assign currentDate = site.time | date: '%F' %}
{% assign meetingDate = meeting.start_date | date: '%F' %}
{% assign endDate = meeting.end_date | date: '%F' %}
{% if currentDate <= meetingDate %}
<div class="event" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Event">
<strong><a href="{{ meeting.url }}"><span class="title" itemprop="name">{{ meeting.name}}</span></a></strong>{% if meeting.tbc %} <span class="badge badge-warning">TBC</span>{% endif %}
<p> <strong>{{ meeting.dates }}</strong> </p>
<p>
<span itemprop="location">{{ meeting.venue }}</span>
</p>
<meta itemprop="startDate" content="{{meeting.start_date}}"/>
<meta itemprop="endDate" content="{{ meeting.end_date }}"/>
</div class="event">
{% assign count = count | plus: 1 %}
{% elsif meetingDate <= currentDate and currentDate <= endDate %}
<div class="event" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Event">
<strong><a href="{{ meeting.url }}"><span itemprop="name">{{ meeting.name}}</span></a></strong>{% if meeting.tbc %} <span class="badge badge-warning">TBC</span>{% endif %}
<p> <strong>{{ meeting.dates }}</strong> </p>
<p>
<span itemprop="location">{{ meeting.venue }}</span>
</p>
<meta itemprop="startDate" content="{{meeting.start_date}}"/>
<meta itemprop="endDate" content="{{ meeting.end_date }}"/>
</div class="event">
{% assign count = count | plus: 1 %}
{% endif %}
{% if count == 3 %}
{% break %}
{% endif %}
{% endfor %}
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<h3>Latest presentation</h3>
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<strong>
<a href="//www.slideshare.net/bioschemas/bioschemas-overview-113770499" title="Bioschemas overview"
target="_blank">Bioschemas overview</a>
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<a href="//www.slideshare.net/bioschemas" target="_blank">Bioschemas</a>
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