[uf-discuss] uF Discovery? (was: FYI: Jeff Jarvis on microformats and Google Base)

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Tue Nov 22 14:01:04 PST 2005

On Nov 22, 2005, at 7:41 AM, Danny Ayers wrote:

> By getting people to upload their data, Google Base bypasses one of
> the harder problems of distributed data: finding the stuff. I'd be
> interested in hearing of any ideas anyone has around here that might
> be helpful for finding the stuff.
> Imagine there are lots and lots of microformat documents out there. I
> want to get the data from a subset of these, e.g. restaurant reviews.
> How do I do it?
> The strategies I've seen for data discovery to date have all left a
> lot to be desired, e.g. in-the-wild links - require crawling; more
> controlled link lists (e.g. on a Wiki or at a directory service) -
> heavily centralised; UDDI etc - service oriented, hard work;
> distributed RDF queries - potentially workable, but still a way off.
> Others..? Or are there any obvious ways I've missed of reducing the
> drawbacks of these techniques?

One idea would be to take the weblogs.com style xml-rpc ping and add  
a parameter for profile uris (assuming, of course, we had them for  
all our µfs :D).


Ryan King
ryan at technorati.com

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