On XML.com, Kendall Clark gives a clear and accessible review of the semantic web transition, then criticizes our own RDF metadata strategy, specifically. It’s useful and insightful feedback, so we’ve taken the time to respond at length here.
(If you’re not familiar with RDF or the semantic web, or why they’re important to our mission, read more. )
We want to get RDF out there. We want people to use it on their sites even if they don’t fully understand it. (Why should they need to?) RDF needs momentum more than perfection to become useful; we’re working to provide some of this momentum. We fully recognize Kendall’s argument that our recommendation is not the purest from a technical standpoint. It is, however, a practical approach to getting users to integrate RDF.
On our site, we use content negotiation to send RDF/XML to programs that request it and HTML to normal browsers.
But for our users, we recommend the quickest and easiest way to have RDF somewhere. We think it’s better to have RDF in HTML comments than no RDF at all.
Kendall is correct to point out that we haven’t provided enough guidance on more advanced ways to connect HTML pages to their RDF descriptions. We’ll work on that, with the help of the community (including folks like Kendall). Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together a document with the best practices for including our RDF in all formats, include various versions of HTML and RSS.
Our goal is to get RDF out there. We’re trying to maximize RDF presence by adapting to our different types of users.
–Ben AdidaNo Comments »
If we were Margaret Mitchell’s estate, we might sue. Instead, we’ve gotten a good belly laugh at our own expense. Check out Imaginative Pastures for a very clever recasting of a familiar website.
Thanks to Denise Howell for pointing it out.No Comments »
The image features the president of the United States making a State of the Union address — not to the houses of Congress, but to the trading floors of a stock exchange. It’s a great example of the ever-growing importance of our rip-mix-burn culture to politics and art.
The president will give this year’s address next week.No Comments »
Creative Commons licenses are designed so that creators can share their works with others easily. You might ask “What can I create if I am not an artist, writer, or musican?” but there many options when it comes to personal publishing online.
The first such example is a weblog. Many weblog authors have applied licenses to their daily writings, and you can too. If you’re new to weblogs and want to know how to get started, O’Reilly offers a good introduction to weblogs and walks the reader through using Radio Userland for the first time. Blogroots offers a brief introduction that steers readers to using Blogger.com‘s site to create and manage their weblog.No Comments »
The folks over at eastwest.nu have setup a small gallery of images that use Creative Commons licenses. This is a great example of how others can use CC licensed works that matches much of the intention behind the licenses. My own images are featured which I was surprised but pleased to see, and others featured have expressed similar satisfaction with it. In the future I could imagine seeing other, larger-scale galleries of licensed works, I could see new stock photo sites created featuring CC licensed works, and I could even envision books of CC licensed photographs that work within the licenses. Anyone can be an editor, and compile sets of their favorite works for redisplay on their own site (paying attention of course to license terms like proper attribution and non-commercial uses).
– Matt HaugheyNo Comments »
“Digital art forming new battleground over royalties, by Sarah Lai StirlandNo Comments »
“A Kafkaesque state of affairs has effectively closed off access to thousands of old movies, books and pieces of music because the copyright owners can’t be located.”No Comments »
What now? Creative Commons marches on as before, but with a pronounced sensitivity to the need to offer copyright holders who want to forgo long or broad copyright protections a simple way of doing so — whether by dedicating works to the public domain, or allowing the creative re-use of copyrighted works with our licenses.No Comments »