The whole metadata thing I’m

The whole metadata thing I’m working on with Simon Willison is becoming more and more obvious. I’m really surprised nobody has done this: the more I think about it and now that it’s taking shape, the more absolutely obvious it seems: metadata should be syndicated and connected. Somewhat like news items (RSS). I can’t even remember why exactly it took me so long to get my head around it all.

Thanks to Simon’s Secret XML Powers, it’s also turning out to be surprisingly easy to code. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have working code in about 20 hours of work. I’m interviewing this week, so I don’t have a lot of time for coding, but even so it’s not as much work as I’d thought. I think we’re succeeding well avoiding the political pitfalls that make the RSS specifications such a mess – the advantage of dictatorship I think.

Coding together while living in different countries seems to be working out as well – mostly because we divide our work clearly. We’ll see how it goes, I’m curious how we’ll deal with coding together without using CVS or some versioning system.

I think the first real life applications will be on my colombia website, and then I want to make it work with a mailing list archive. Maybe the Sigia-L list? We’ll see how it goes…

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A few weeks off

Since it’s the fashionable thing to do, I’m gonna take a few weeks off from this blog. Got a book to finish, a job to apply for and summer to enjoy. You enjoy too!