Friday Data Stories: Schema.org and Information Transparency

On this post, I want to focus on one important thing: Information Transparency.I was reading semanticweb.com portal with the news and update about what is going around at schema.org.  For those of you unfamiliar, Schema.org is a new initiative that was started about six months ago.  Navigate to the article to learn more about schema.org. I found the following passage to explain very well what schema.org is all about:

Schema.org, 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 schema.org 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 sitemaps.org, 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.

The original aim of schema.org is to help leading search vendors (Google, Yahoo and Microsoft) in their indexing effort. However, I’d like to take a wider view.  It is all about information and openness on the Internet; a topic that always resonates with me. One of the most interesting conclusions in my view was regarding the need to continue open communication:

Open communication needs to continue. Guha and other schema.org leaders said multiple times that they truly want to hear from members of the community – particularly publishers and developers – about what they need to see as schema.org advances.  Also on the theme of cooperation and collaboration, the W3C announced this week the creation of two new Interest Groups, one of which will be led by Guha himself.

What is Inforbix’s take? In the context of manufacturing companies, we find the schema.org initiative is something that demonstrates one possible way for search companies to introduce positive changes to the way companies are working with their information. Specifically for manufacturing, product data is key. At Inforbix we are developing products that will help manufacturing companies to unlock the value of product data in very transparent and beneficial ways.  Want to learn more? Join out Beta program or speak to us online.

Best, Oleg