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This sound pretty cool

December 31st, 2004 Leave a comment Go to comments

This sounds like quite a good idea. It’s a bit heavy on the technical, and doesn’t really labour the point very well, but once you get it, it’s quite simple

Imagine being able to gather a collection of RSS resources (i.e. news feeds, blog feeds, etc), and to be able to filter out items automatically and to produce a new RSS feed based on that.

Now imagine being able to “chain” these filters together. Where one may take news feeds from news sites around the world and merge them for relevant (e.g.) Technical information; a second filter could then attempt to match these stories to a Slashdot news feed which has been merged with a news feed from The Register. And so on.

This site goes a little bit further and attempts to generate the initial RSS feed gathering information from a multitude of sources – e.g. files on a network, with news feeds and marketing statistics – and then pushing these off to external “filters” (or content manipulators), such as dictionary.com or amazon.com who may adjust the content to direct interested parties to correct pages or definitions. However, the site again goes one step further and discusses the idea of sending the information to another content manipulator straight from another. E.g. if I want to send information to both amazon.com and dictionary.com for them to manipulate, instead of sending the data to amazon.com, then receiving the data back and then sending it to dictionary.com; I would craft my request (with <via>) information to go from the originator (i.e. me), to amazon, then amazon would read the <via> information and pass this to dictionary.com, who would then send it to it’s next information (i.e. back to me).

All sounds pretty complex, but in reality it wouldn’t be that difficult to perform – the difficult lies in getting the system useful enough that people would want to generate standards for it.

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