The mission of this group is to discuss and prepare proposal(s) for extending Schema.org schema for the improved representation of digital and physical archives and their contents.
The goal being focused upon the creation and future maintenance of an archive.schema.org extension.
Note: Community Groups are proposed and run by the community. Although W3C hosts these conversations, the groups do not necessarily represent the views of the W3C Membership or staff.
It has been some time since this group was formed to focus on applying the Schema.org vocabulary to archive data.There was an initial flurry of activity but that was followed a period of inactivity.
I believe now is a good time to review, especially for new group members, our initial objective and the initial progress we made; update where we are; and hopefully refresh our activities.
The group was formed following interest, expressed at the LODLAM Summit is Sydney 2015, in following the example of the Schema Bib Extend community in proposing enhancements to the Schema.org vocabulary and sharing best practice examples of its use.
The objective, in using schema.org to share data about archives, being to make them more discoverable across the web, not to replace any other standards. Schema.org being used to describe archive organisations, archives, and their contents, location, and access, to the wider world.
After some early discussion I posted a straw man proposal that addressed some of those issues. This model builds on already available types, properties and patterns within Schema.
Although some discussion followed, it did not result in a concrete proposal being agreed.Part of the reason for this I believe was the lack of participants in a position to apply and share the proposals.
To that end I think and hope it is time to wake things up again.
Upcoming in June 2017 is the next LODLAM Summit in Venice .I intend to propose a discussion there to spread awareness and gain engagement to take things forward.If you are attending, or are in contact with other delegates who are please participate.
Welcome. The assumption being that you are here because you are passionate about archives digital, physical, or both, and how to describe them and their contents in a way that can be easily consumed by search engines and others.
Using structured data ontologies and vocabularies to describe archives and their contents is nothing new, but these approaches are often targeted for use by software and professionals in the archives community. The intention of additionally using the Schema.org vocabulary is to make those descriptions more readily understandable and discoverable in the wider world, leading to more discoverable archives.
The purpose of this group is to identify how the Schema.org vocabulary, and its extensions, can be utilised to describe archives and their contents. It is clear that there will be need for some new or enhanced types and properties to provide adequate descriptive capability for generally sharing information about an archive. Hopefully we can form a consensus around a set of these that can become a proposal for an archive.schema.org extension to the core Schema.org vocabulary.
As a start, I believe we need to focus on five areas:
Description of an archive – a collection of items
Description of an archive – an organisation, institution or building
The physical location of items in an archive/collection – in a folder, in a box, on a shelf, in a room – or in a file, in a directory, on a disc, on a server.
The relationship between items – by date, subject, collector, creator, etc.
Item types that are often in archives that cannot be currently described using Schema.org – candidates for discussion could include a letter or a diary.
In the near future I will add proposals into the wiki that have already been suggested from other areas that will give us a start on 2 & 3. Meanwhile spread the word and invite others to join this group, start the conversation in the public mailing list, or if you have proposal suggestions add them to the wiki.
This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2015-07-06 by Richard Wallis. The following people supported its creation: Richard Wallis, Geoff Browell, Danny Archer, Peter Neish, Zoe D'Arcy, Terry Jolliffe. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.