Schema.org has included five Bioschemas types for representing life sciences data in their latest release. It includes types for providing high-level descriptions of genes, proteins, molecular entities, chemical substances and taxons.
Schema.org is an international community effort, with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yandex adopting its vocabulary on their applications and search engines. It provides technical specifications to major search engines to distinguish and index different data objects on the internet.
By extending Schema.org to cover labels specific to the life sciences, content can be widely machine-automated and discovered.
ELIXIR has had a crucial role in developing the Bioschemas community, and ELIXIR-UK has played an important role, with several of our members involved, including Alasdair Gray from Heriot-Watt University, who is Chair of the Bioschemas Steering Council.