Fri Apr 11 13:59:53 BST 2003 Permalink
Paolo and I are pleased to announce the release of the first public draft of the Easy News Topics (ENT) specification. ENT1.0 is an RSS2.0 module designed to make it really easy to incorporate topics into RSS feeds. Why would you want to do that? Because it will help to enable a raft of new, smarter, aggregator products.
RSS has become very important to a lot of us and we are starting to see its penetration into the business world as well. We think that integrating topics will help aggregators applications to scale to meet the future needs of users as well as delivering some very powerful applications. I've spoken before about the kinds of thing I want my aggregator to do:
- group posts from many feeds by interest.
- filtering posts I don't want to see
- scoring & promote posts
- recombine different feeds dynamically.
I hope that ENT might help bring all these things a little closer. We also see a role for classification in bringing new ways to order, view, and, search weblog data.
We are offering ENT1.0 to the community (under a Creative Commons License) in the hope that we can foster these applications and many more, that we haven't even begun to think of yet.
I will soon be releasing to the public the next version of liveTopics which will be ENT compliant. At that point any Radio user will be able to easily add topic metadata to their RSS feed. We hope that there will soon be many applications available to make use of it.
We look forward to your comments.