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Re: How should EARL be used?

From: Nils Ulltveit-Moe <nils@u-moe.no>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 21:12:26 +0200
Message-ID: <44E36E1A.5020209@u-moe.no>
To: Shane Anderson <shane@cpd2.usu.edu>
CC: public-wai-ert@w3.org

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Hi Shane,

We are using EARL to convey test results for large scale assessment
results for the EIAO project (http://www.eiao.net). We use a pool of
assessment modules (WAMs) that perform the assessments of the sampled
web pages via a webservices based interface which returns EARL. The EARL
is temporarily stored in a triplestore before it is converted to RDBMS
format and stored in a data warehouse by an ETL process together with
aggregated metrics on a page basis. Using EARL should make it easier for
us to add new assessment plugins to the framework in the future.

Regards,
Nils Ulltveit-Moe

Shane Anderson wrote:
> Hello
> 
> I am new to the group and have been listening in on the conference call for
> the past few weeks.
> 
> One issue that I want to understand better is how EARL will be used. It
> seems to me that there are several ways to use EARL. One being the
> aggregation of several EARL reports to create a combined report. An example
> of this, in the context of the tool I work on (WAVE), would be to perform a
> WAVE evaluation producing an EARL report combined with an EARL report from
> the W3C's HTML validator. This idea could be extended to comparing and
> contrasting reports from other sources.
> 
> Another possible use, as I understand it, would be to link EARL reports to
> the web page they represent. This would enable search engines or other
> tools
> to use the EARL report as a source of meta data for the web page. Search
> engines, for example, could then use the meta data for ranking purposes,
> etc.
> 
> Shadi, during today's conference call, mentioned something about an EARL
> repository. I did not quite understand the entire concept and it was off
> topic so Shadi asked me to bring it to the list. I think it is part of the
> bigger question, what are some of the other uses for EARL?
> 
> Thanks
> Shane Anderson
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