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Getting Cool / Getting Real

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 13:28:29 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <259962.33800.qm@web112618.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: W3C eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Search Engine Listing order is a hot topic at the moment.  For Government/Organizational work a vertical (initial) search is, at least as useful as a click-able map. Users generally "know the lingo". With a starting point specified, it is possible to limit cross domain navigation and thereby mitigate trust issues which arise in cyberspace.

1. Concept #1 "Getting Cool" Ideally, one would use Cool URI's.  The main problem with geography is that there is a lot of it around :o)  Any URI scheme which tries to append subdivision information will become uncool very fast [1].

2. Concept #2 "Getting Real"  Once a selection of region or subdivision is made, there is no reason to provide linkages to unselected regions or subdivisions (without backing out of the silo).  If, the selection having been made, just a few meta data properties are still available for use as parameters the whole range of GET's is available too.  This would include CGI GET's as well as manual forms, web services and feeds.  This information is "Real", since it is based upon objects in the real world.  The selection list can never be spam'ed, only hacked. 

There is an example (Ireland Statistical Reporting Regions) here [2].  In lieu of a Cool URI this is a COOL CATalog.  Selecting any link should open a new window on that point, with parameters and suggestions for GET REAL links.   


[1] http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI
[2] http://tinyurl.com/23wk9zv

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