An important update from the week of March 22, is that Google has introduced a new property, “isAccessibleForFree” to the dataset structured data help document. This is defined as a flag to signal that a given, searched item, event, or place is accessible for free. More analysis for this update can be found on episode 49 of the #TWIMshow.
Google defines structured data as a “standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content; for example, on a recipe page, what are the ingredients, the cooking time and temperature, the calories, and so on”. Dataset Structured Data helps Google identify sets of data, making them eligible to show up in Google’s dataset search engine. Google’s approach to dataset discovery uses “schema.org” and other metadata standards that can be added to pages that describe datasets. Google has said that you can find datasets by using the Dataset Search tool.
Here is an example shown by Schema.org of how the “isAccessibleForFree” property might look like:
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