In May 2016 the Schema.org community published v3.0, its second major release in the past year. Schema v3 version adds many new data types and properties while formally introducing schema.org hosted extensions. Two new extensions, auto.schema.org and bib.schema.org are published along side the Medical Vocabulary which was moved into the health-lifesci.schema.org repository. With the move, several issues were identified and fixed within the month of May. As the dust settled we began to investigate the release.
Here are some of the key schema.org v3 changes:
- Generalized some properties from Product to apply also to Service – audience, brand, logo, isRelatedTo, isSimilarTo.
- Added DigitalDocument and subtypes SpreadsheetDigitalDocument,PresentationDigitalDocument, TextDigitalDocument, NoteDigitalDocument. Added schema vocabulary for DigitalDocumentPermission such as CommentPermission,ReadPermission, WritePermission.
- Integrated improvements from FIBO to core terminology around financial products, including the addition of MonetaryAmount and CompoundPriceSpecification, alongside improved wording around CreditCard, PriceSpecification.
- Created schema.org entries for Monday-Friday and PublicHolidays, clarified OpeningHoursSpecification and added a specialOpeningHoursSpecification property to allow for general opening hours to be overridden.
Most websites will use the core schema.org version so there is normally no need to change the version. However, as the schema.org community has grown several official hosted extensions have emerged that add more detailed descriptive vocabulary building on the schema.org core. For these special circumstances you can now choose the operating version for each (sub-)account. Changing the schema version changes the available data types and properties in the Editor.
How to change Schema version in Schema App
To change your version, in Schema App find the Settings from the top right menu on your name, and pick the Schema Version Tab. Here is a direct link.
Here are the versions you can choose from in Schema App:
Demo on how to change Schema version
Health & Life Science Schema.org Extension
The Health and Life Science extension up to v2.2 was part of the schema.org core vocabulary. In version 3 onward, the large group of Medical terms were moved into its own extension. If you’ve never seen this area of schema.org before, you will be impressed by the depth of data types (99), properties (175) and enumeration values (149). More info
Auto Schema.org Extension
The Schema Automotive extension includes 20 new automotive properties as well as several types and enumerations. If you’re looking to get hyper-specific with your automotive product schema markup then you can quickly do so. More info
Bibliographic Schema.org Extension
The bibliographic schema.org extension is a hosted extension that goes deeper CreativeWork area. Using this extension you can apply schema.org markup for Newspaper, Thesis, Audiobook along with Comics and related properties. More info
FIBO Schema.org Extension
The Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO) is a business conceptual ontology developed by the members of the EDM Council. In v3 some FIBO terms were added to schema v3 while the remainder of the FIBO schema extension v1 is stable yet in pre-release status. Expect to see the fibo.schema.org extension formally adopted soon. You can learn more from FIBO Schema and EDM Council.
Some examples of fibo.schema.org classes and properties include: