O'Reilly Network Weekly
Open Source Roundtable
Sponsored by IBM developerWorks
|Listen to this discussion (21:45 mins, 10.2 MB):
O'Reilly Network publisher Dale Dougherty talks
with some of the core developers behind the new spec for RDF Site
Summary (RSS 1.0) about the background behind RDF, the need for a
standard, and what RSS enables.
"What we effectively did was, we allowed people to extend RSS both on an
ad hoc basis, being able to add tags as they wanted ... while at the
same time promoting the concept of standard modules, where folks get
together -- those interested in aggregation would get together, those
interested in taxonomies would get together, those interested in weblogs
would get together -- and come up with modules that suit the purposes
of that particular usage or community."
Chief Technical Officer
"A lot of different content providers were using RSS, and they needed to
extend it to add new features, such as time stamps for individual items.
And what started happening was these content providers were adding these
tags and then syndicating these extra tags. And that was making it
difficult for aggregators and other users to pull that data into their
own news feeds."
"There was a big vision for RSS [at Netscape] ... there was one driving
application, the My Netscape Network. The idea was that instead of
having a small fixed number of channels, My Netscape Network would have
a large number of channels the user would pick from. ... The definition
of the channels themselves, they wanted that to be highly flexible. ...
A user could basically define their channels.... the idea was to step
away from the single linear hierarchical structuring to allow for
richer and richer aggregations and re-aggregations and
re-re-aggregations and slicing and dicing of data."
See also: Scripting News: Comments on O'Reilly radio show on "RSS 1.0"