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Summer Smackdown: RDFa vs. Microformats vs. Microdata

Hello fellow SEM|Os,

Time to get back in to the action!

For our next meetup we have partnered with the awesome Vancouver Semantic Web Meetup to discuss what seems to be shaping the future of search, RDFs, Microformats, and

This is a great topic considering the big three SE's recent announcement agreeing they would all adopt schema.rog (

(Only RSVP to ONE Meetup Group. That will help us get a better idea of people coming and not leave too many people without a seat.)

Here's more information as posted on the Semantic Web Meetup:

The search engines have jointly announced they'll be supporting a microdata vocabulary, For Google, this seemingly supersedes their prior support for RDFa and microformats (which, for the time being, Google will continue to support); for Bing this is their first formal foray into structured data markup.

Did the search engines make the right decision?

With vocabulary lock-in and lack of extensibility, do the flaws of a microdata format outweigh it's possible widespread adoption? Should web publishers continue to markup documents with RDFa or microformats, even though Bing doesn't support the language?

So how about a summer meetup to discuss and debate?!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion - Thanks to Aaron for the presentation. Aaron, by the way, is the resourceful person in the semantics world I know... it's great to have him as part of our group :)

    August 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aaron and the great collaboration of the Semantic Web guys' comments took us to the cutting edge of advanced SEO

    August 12, 2011

  • Chris G.

    I got a good overview of structured data and the current technology.

    August 12, 2011

  • Aaron B.

    By the way, for all you keen-eyed readers, Bing has indeed announced support for RDFa and select microformats since the original announcement was posted.

    July 27, 2011

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