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RE: Microformats vs RDFa

From: Paul Walsh, Segala <paulwalsh@segala.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:10:50 -0000
To: <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20070126151053.65F5289CD502@postie1.hosting365.ie>

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From: public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org]
On Behalf Of Kingsley Idehen


Which is why we need to contact the people behind the site and used this 
poll as the context for conversation about Microformats and the Semantic 
Web. Nothing better that educating when context is established :-)

We should not miss the opportunity to engage this community so that we 
reverse the negative-network-effect that you describe in your comments 
above.

[PW] Sam is a good friend of mine. He's only talking about the Semantic Web
because of conversations Sam has had with me, or at least it's his main
motivation lately. He has volunteered to participate in an initiative [1]
I'm starting. It's aim is to help build the ecosystem by getting industry
buy in to create new codes of conduct - using Content Labels. Sam has also
invited me to talk about this stuff [2].

Daniel Appelquist and Phil Archer are both keen to help push this forward. 

It's early days, so any support we can get from this group and/or its
members would be great. I'm in the middle of writing a detailed post for my
blog [3] on Content Labels and how they can make a difference.

While I'm at it, I might as well point you to our Firefox extension [4]. It
reads Content Labels and alters search results. It highlights sites that use
a Content Label by placing an icon beside search result. Clicking on the
icon brings up a page displaying the information contained in the label.
This allows users to locate sites that are standards compliant or adhere to
a code of conduct without having to visit each site. It also allows users to
filter out results that don't match their requirements, including sponsored
links.

The extension is a very early concept but we intend to clean up the site and
release new builds every month. I don't call people a friend that easily :)
but Ian Hayward, CEO of Glaxstar [5] is a very good friend of mine. His
company are building the extension for us. They maintain spreadfirefox.com
and are responsible for building the official extensions for companies such
as Google, Yahoo!, PayPal and eBay. So, it's not (or at least won't be),
just another small toolbar extension. It should be in Mozilla labs soon and
Microsoft has recently offered to pay for us to build an IE plugin.

So, we can reference one or both of these as part of our goal to highlight
Semantic solutions/tools. Any support given will be greatly appreciated :)

[1] http://contentlabel.org 
[2] http://segala.com/blog/what%e2%80%99s-next-web30 (just noticed the crap
link)
[3] http://segala.com/blog 
[4] http://searchthresher.com 
[5] http://www.glaxstar.com/  

Cheers
Paul 
Received on Friday, 26 January 2007 15:11:16 GMT

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