[uf-discuss] Google Gdata new syndication protocol!

Ross Singer ross.singer at library.gatech.edu
Thu Apr 20 11:35:53 PDT 2006

This seems more to be competition to A9's OpenSearch (which also uses
RSS and Atom to support queries).

The sad thing is that Microsoft has shown support for OpenSearch (it's
incorporated into IE7 in ways that I'll never be able to see
firsthand), hopelessly dividing the world into more competing

However, I'll gladly embrace hGOpenDataSearch when, you know, somebody
else goes through the work of actually making it.


On 4/20/06, Sam Sethi <sam.sethi at vecosys.com> wrote:
> Chris Messina recently wrote about how Google's new Calendar missed a trick
> by not supporting MF's. Google announced today
> http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/index.html that they are providing a new
> syndication protocol called Gdata which is based on Atom and RSS syndication
> specs but it also supports query, authorisation and optimistic concurreny
> (whatever that might be?)So is this the start of syndication wars.  What
> will Microsoft comeout with as a response - another format extension?
> Feature                         GData   Atom*   RSS 2.0
> Syndication Format      Y               Y               Y
> Queries                         Y               N               N
> Updates                         Y               Y               N
> Optimistic Concurrency  Y               N               N
> Authentication          Y               N               N
> * The "Atom" column refers to both the syndication format and the
> publication protocol.
> The reason for mentioning it here is because of the work around hAtom which
> might link to this. I know Adam Bosworth has talked at length about an Atom
> Store database (Google)and I was wondering if this is the first step in
> querying the Atom Store.  Google certainly seem to think so. "GData also
> lets you send data to Google, and update data that Google already has."
> Any thoughts ...
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