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Schema.org v13 Release: Products, Healthcare, Videos, and more!

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Schema.org version 13.0 was released on July 7th, 2021. This was the second full release so far this year, but with 11 releases in 2020 we’re expecting more to come!

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Here is a summary of v13 from schema.org:

This release includes improvements proposed via the Pending section, in particular a number of terms proposed by the Bioschemas project, alongside other additions around e-commerce returns policy markup, job postings, and MediaReview markup.”

There are quite a few updates to the schema.org vocabulary via the Pending section, but here are the additions that we are most excited about.

Product Updates in Schema.org Version 13.0

Version 13.0 brought many additions to merchant return policies, including adding:

Ways to define return fees were added, including the following properties:

To improve compatibility with GS1, an organization who develops and maintains global standards for business communication such as the all-familiar barcode, countryOfLastProcessing and countryOfAssembly were added for Product.

Healthcare Updates in Schema.org Version 13.0

The following additions were proposed by the Bioschemas community.

Bioschemas aims to improve the Findability on the Web of life sciences resources such as datasets, software, and training materials.”

Several new basic life science concepts were added, including:

  • Taxon (a set of organisms asserted to represent a natural cohesive biological unit)
  • BioChemEntity (any biological, chemical, or biochemical thing)
  • ChemicalSubstance (a subtype of BioChemEntity)
  • MolecularEntity (any constitutionally or isotopically distinct atom, molecule, ion, etc)
  • Gene (a discrete unit of inheritance, which affects one or more biological traits)

Protein (in the schema.org vocabulary, Protein is used in its widest possible definition: as classes of amino acid-based molecules)

Video Updates in Schema.org Version 13.0

SeekToAction

SeekToAction is a schema.org type, and is the Action of navigating to a specific timestamp of a VideoObject. startOffset was accidentally omitted from previous SeekToAction definitions, but has been added with the latest release. startOffset is the start time of the clip, expressed as the number of seconds since the beginning of the video.

InteractionCounter

InteractionCounter is a summary of how users have interacted with the CreativeWork type, such as books, movies, photographs, software programs, etc. Subtypes can be used to specify the type of interaction. 

Added:

Read more about all changes in schema.org’s Version 13.0  here.

We always get excited by updates to the schema.org vocabulary! Not only do these updates reflect Google’s continued investment in schema markup, but as the vocabulary expands we keep identifying new ways for our customers to maximize their results from structured data!

Are you ready to start reaching your online business goals?

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As the digital marketing manager for Schema App, Elise Marion digs into the details of SEO, content marketing, and authorship for the Schema App website. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Classics from McMaster University, a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature from Dublin City University, and a post-grad certificate from Conestoga College in Integrated Marketing Communications. In her spare time, you can find Elise enjoying a good book, planning her next trip, or taking long walks with her Labrador Retriever Jude.

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