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

Luke Arno luke.arno at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 21:11:15 PST 2005

On 11/22/05, Danny Ayers <danny.ayers at gmail.com> 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?

Distruted query stuff is still a ways off, I think.

Any centralized-directory-stuff should be the result
of the crawl, IMO.

We just need more meaningful links, better trust
and identity systems, and good syndication

Speaking of meaningful links...

I am sure this has come up before, so sorry in
advance, but could we use rel values to say
"there are x and y uFs over there".

In other words, should there be a microformats
discovery microformat? uF-links or some such?

- Luke

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