Personal Publication Data Model and Formats

The weblogging model and effort seems to be focusing at this point on a Roadmap, with a call to signify support of same.

What does this mean for you?

It could replace RSS 2.0 and RSS 1.0, providing a completely neutral syndication feed format.

It could replace all existing weblog APIs.

It could form the basis for weblog tool interoperability.

It could be used to coordinate weblog data with other data, such as data defined within RDF or topic maps.

In other words, if you’re a weblogger, and the main tools get behind this initiative, you will be impacted.

I still am not comfortable with using a wiki for this effort because I feel it puts a gate in the way for people who are not used to wikis participating — making comments in weblogs aside. And I wish that there was more involvement on the part of non-technicians. But I commend the effort of the people who were involved in this, and this effort. It is more than past time to bury the politics, the differences, and validate this loosely joined Weblogging Consortium in formalizing this new data model and associated formats.

I vote to call it Pubs. What do you think?

Update

I guess a consensus was reached and the name’s going to be Echo. Better than Pie, but I still think it’s not going to age well. I can hear it in the future, “Why echo? What does it mean?” But then, I wanted Pubs, so this could be chalked up to sour grapes.

BTW, if you blinked the initiative is heading to completion with a roadmap, a name, a strategy, and backers beginning to step up from all the major weblogging and other weblog-based tools. Me thinks, though, this is going to get rocky before the initiative hits the pavement, when implementation begins to happen.

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