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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Deportalization, Microformats and RSS

I recently had a long lunch discussion with Kinan Sweidan of Ximda. I was going to try to convince him to share some TagMyCity content with DayTripr, but about two seconds into my pitch I had a vision of every niche web service in the world trying to make a content sharing deal with every other niche web service in the world. The thought made me very tired.

It's not so much the content itself. Most of the content on a site isn't strategic, and it there's no harm in sharing it. It's the need to sit down and talk about the terms and conditions, and the necessity to write integration code.

What eventually emerged was that you need two things.

You need a standard license, something Creative Commons-ish, that sets out just what the shared content can be used for, and what the obligations are. Maybe you have to link back to the original source in some particular way. Or something. Does such a license already exist? Can one of the existing Open Source licenses be adapted? Not sure, this is all in brainstorming territory

And you need a simple, standard way to share the content. Something like a set of web pages containing all the content to be shared, marked up in microformatted HTML, with a live RSS feed of any new sharable content. The technology to do this is trivial, it's mostly a matter of deciding just what needs to be made available.

You put up a page with the license, a link to the content and a link to the RSS feed. And you're done, or at least have a good solid start.

The two things above don't begin to cover all the possible ways that two sites could cooperate, but I'm going to claim that they cover 80% of the first couple of steps. If it turns out a closer relationship is worthwhile, then the sites already have some experience with each other, if not, not too much time and energy has been wasted.

I'm thinking it would be a fun to have a first pass working by BarCampDallasIII, but there's not much time between now and then, so it might be SXSWi before there's anything concrete to look at.

Oh yeah, and the idea needs a catchy name and a cool logo. Anybody have thoughts? Well, write 'em down and we can talk about them at Bar Camp.


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