[microformats-discuss] Help wanted ad microformat
scott at randomchaos.com
Sun Oct 16 10:23:30 PDT 2005
Job search engines are increasingly pulling help wanted ads from
other sources. See, for example, indeed.com, rssjobs.com,
jobcentral.com, and (my own) disemployed.com. However, this data is
unformatted, so each individual search engine must either figure out
that $12-15k is a salary range and FT means 'Full Time,' or not make
use of that data. I think a microformat would allow help wanted ads
to be more searchable and as job search engines move into providing
feeds of help wanted ads, such a format could allow desktop
applications to make better use of the job descriptions.
Some previous work in this direction happened at leaprss.org, however
this is not in actual use anywhere as far as I know, and it's a
metadata format specifically for RSS. I know indeed.com was working
on some sort of format, but they haven't released anything publicly yet.
Having described the problem, I understand the next step towards a
microformat to be collecting samples of existing data. There is a
lot of existing data out there, and I'd be happy to start collecting
it, but for that I need a wiki account and I'm not clear on how to
get one. So I guess I have two questions: 1) how do I get a wiki
account, and 2) does anyone have any thoughts on a microformat for
help wanted ads?
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