Webinar: Embedding Linked Data Invisibly into Web Pages: Strategies and Workflows for Publishing with RDFa
Date: October 24, 2012
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
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As described in the April NISO/DCMI webinar by Dan Brickley, schema.org is a search-engine initiative aimed at helping webmasters use structured data markup to improve the discovery and display of search results. Drupal 7 makes it easy to markup HTML pages with schema.org terms, allowing users to quickly build websites with structured data that can be understood by Google and displayed as Rich Snippets.

Improved search results are only part of the story, however. Data-bearing documents become machine-processable once you find them. The subject matter, important facts, calendar events, authorship, licensing, and whatever else
you might like to share become there for the taking. Sales reports, RSS feeds, industry analysis, maps, diagrams and process artifacts can now connect back to other data sets to provide linkage to context and related content. The key to this is the adoption standards for both the data model (RDF) and the means of weaving it into documents (RDFa). Drupal 7 has become the leading content platform to adopt these standards.

This webinar will describe how RDFa and Drupal 7 can improve how organizations publish information and data on the Web for both internal and external consumption. It will discuss what is required to use these features and how they impact publication workflow. The talk will focus on high-level and accessible demonstrations of what is possible. Technical people should learn how to proceed while non-technical people will learn what is possible.


Brian Sletten (Bosatsu Consulting) is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on using and evangelizing forward-leaning technologies. He has a background as a system architect, a developer, a security consultant, a mentor, a team lead, an author and a trainer and operates in all of those roles as needed. His experience has spanned the online game, defense, finance, academic, hospitality, retail and commercial domains. He has worked with a wide variety of technologies such as network matrix switch controls, 3D simulation/visualization, Grid Computing, P2P and Semantic Web-based systems. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary. He is President of Bosatsu Consulting, Inc. and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Stéphane Corlosquet (Software Engineer and Drupal Developer at MIND Informatics) has been a driving force in incorporating Semantic Web capabilities into the core of the Drupal Content Management System. He holds a master's degree specializing in Semantic Web from the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Ireland, and has published widely read papers and technical publications, including two chapters in the book, Definitive Guide to Drupal 7. Stéphane has worked as the head of IT and Web development for Ici Formation and Eco Innovation and currently works at MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), MGH, as a Software Engineer developing the Science Collaboration Framework, a Drupal-based distribution for building online communities of researchers in biomedecine.

Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, has recently co-chaired the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data.