Remembering Aaron Swartz

“One of the things the Web teaches us is that everything is connected (hyperlinks) and we all should work together (standards). Too often school teaches us that everything is separate (many different ‘subjects’) and that we should all work alone.” —Aaron Swartz, April 2001. So Aaron is gone. We were friends a decade ago, and […]

Embedding queries in RDF – FOAF Group example

Is this crazy or useful? Am not sure yet. This example uses FOAF vocabulary for groups and openid. So the basic structure here is that Agents (including persons) can have an :openid and can be a :member of a :Group. From an openid-augmented WordPress, we get a list of all the openids my blog knows […]

planetplanet foafrolls

The PlanetPlanet feed reader (and the Venus variant) exposes its blogroll via RDF/FOAF, typically at “/foafroll.xml” URIs. I ran through the list of Planet installations from the main site, and found the following, which might be interesting for experimentation, crawling, whitelist work etc. Or you could just make a giant feedlist and install Venus yourself, […]

Widgetarians.org updated to use Planet Venus

The Widgetarians.org feed aggregator is now running Venus, Sam Ruby’s reworking of the Planet codebase. I had been getting sporadic “KeyError” errors; with the upgrade, that’s gone away. Many thanks to Sam Ruby, Scott James Remnant and Jeff Waugh for some handy software :)

IM/RSS bot – BBC Persian News Flash

OK this is old news, but pretty cool so I’m happy to write it up belatedly. I just logged into MSN chat, and was greeted by Mario Menti’s IM bot, which provides a text-chat UI for navigating the BBC’s news feeds from their Persian service. I’m pasting the output here, hoping it’ll display reasonably. I […]

Open Source Flash Development and WorldKit

Handy article, “Towards Open Source Flash Development” by Carlos Rovira. Background to looking at this is some great news: Mikel Maron is open-sourcing the WorldKit system, a lightweight Flash/SWF-based Web mapping application. So I’m interested to find some open source tools that would allow me to rebuild it from source. I also wonder whether SVG […]

Data syndication

There have been various developments in the last week, via Planet RDF, on the topic of data syndication using RSS/Atom. Edd Dumbill on iTunes RSS extensions; a handy review of the extensions they’ve added to support a “podcasting” directory. See also comments from Danny. Nearby in the Web, Yahoo! and friends are still busy with […]

British Board of Film Classification RSS feeds and Movie metadata

The BBFC have several RSS feeds on their site, carrying information about their judgements on various cinematic works for a UK audience. Recent film decisions, recent adult (sex) videos and films, etc. Each entry in the feed points to a descriptive page and summarises a BBFC judgement in a simple textual description, eg. “The BFC […]