For those interested in DTD’s: I am now uploading the DTD’s for XFML to Yahoo! Groups : xfml Files. Feedback on the DTD’s very welcome, we’re version 0.41 at the moment. Version 0.4 introduced IDREF’s.
Here’s the thing: with the book almost finished, and XFML moving towards a stable spec fast, I am starting a new secret project. It’s gonna be all about (surprise!) metadata.
I’m not a real programmer myself (although I’ve build a CMS or two in my time), so I’m looking for someone to work with me on this with PHP and XML skills. If you’re interested, drop me a line at email@example.com. If things work out as planned, this little project is gonna kick some serious ass.
I’m a New York Blogger!
kuro5hin.org || technology and culture, from the trenches: “Over the course of past week, I’ve seen a lot of explanations both here and around the net of exactly what we were raising money for.
I think the clearest way I can put it is: you just purchased Kuro5hin.org.
I wish I had put it this way to begin with, but even I was a little (probably more than a little) muddled about what the exact transaction here was. Simply put, it was this: If you collectively contribute enough money for me to live on for the next few months, I will contribute my equity in and ownership of Kuro5hin.org, do a lot of legal work, and what we’ll end up with is a nonprofit organization that will own and operate the site in perpetuity, and hopefully become a strong base of support for collaborative media in general.”
Interesting approach, and maybe a model for popular yet free sites?
Some good stories are being shared at webproducers.org. Don’t sign up if you want to keep a naive outlook on the web business.
Online ads, e-mail don’t click: “THE CURRENT so-called average click-through rate on e-mail advertisements is an anemic 1.8% […] the average click-through rate for all online ads in June was a mere 0.84%.”
Business 2.0 – The Technology Secrets of Cocaine Inc.: (via Slashdot)
“Colombian cartels have spent billions of dollars to build one of the world’s most sophisticated IT infrastructures. […] A high-level DEA official would go only this far: “It is very reasonable to assume that people were killed as a result of this capability. Potential sources of information were compromised by the system. […] The drug lords have deployed advanced communications encryption technologies that, law enforcement officials concede, are all but unbreakable. They use the Web to camouflage the movement of dirty money. They track the radar sweeps of drug surveillance planes to map out gaps in coverage. They even use a fleet of submarines, mini-subs, and semisubmersibles to ferry drugs — sometimes, ingeniously, to larger ships hauling cargoes of hazardous waste, in which the insulated bales of cocaine are stashed. “Those ships never get a close inspection, no matter what country you’re in,” says John Hensley, former head of enforcement for the U.S. Customs Service. Most of the cartels’ technology is American-made; many of the experts who run it are American-trained.High-tech has become the drug lords’ most effective counter-weapon in the war on drugs”
Colombian Cartels built (10 years ago) an advanced data mining application that was used to sniff out traitors.
netWert Ideapad: Turns out that: “1800flowers.com uses XML and “XFML”–Floral XML–for markup.” :)
Joel on Software – Top vijf (foutieve) redenen waarom je geen testers hebt: Joel in Dutch! Cool.
Wolvenstein 5K: a first person shooter crammed into 5K of Javasscript. Impressive.
Simon compares XFML and Trackback.
Some good stories being shared at Christina’s
The Atlantic | From Soup to Nuts | Murphy (Via the SIG-IA list, thanks Ziya):
“The All Species Foundation was established two years ago by a consortium of scientists and publishers (among them Stewart Brand, the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog), and its goal is to conduct an All Species Inventory – to name and classify, within the next twenty-five years, every living thing on earth. ”
Victor points to this lovely collection of articles about metadata, from an IT/database perspective.