Archive for the 'metadata' Category

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

microformat search at Yahoo!

Somehow I missed this posting and the underlying news that a Y Research project has a nice public demo of semantic search, driven by RDF, RDFa, and microformats. Still a rough sketch of a full solution, with multiple-second access times. But I particularly like the query for renaissance faire. -m

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Yahoo! Announces Open Search Platform

As spotted on TechCrunch, full article. This is a game-changer folks. Check out the comments attached to the article. -m

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Machine tags

Take a look at this URL, and the page behind it. This is a list of all the Flickr photos with the tag “xmlns:dc=http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/“. Although these have been around for a while, I hadn’t been aware of this kind of tagging until recently.

Why “xml” in the namespace declaration? This doesn’t have much to do with XML. How many tags are there in the world that start with “dc:” and are not referring to Dublin Core? At least the tag declaring the namespace provides a good hook for finding things with machine tags. It’s only a small step up to RDFa from here, which is good! -m