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Posted by Bill Haenel on 27-Feb-07

Still using the hell out of those colons in my subtitles. Dang it was a good conference.

Good point of conversation at the WebResources.org/PubForge.org blog at present. The subject is using RSS and PBCore together. The point being that as public media outlets start to think about how to create a more unified system of sharing media, there should be some standard method of doing so.

Let's marry them.

Certainly it's easy to make the argument that standards are important in communication. After all, it's difficult to have a conversation when you and your neighbor are speaking different languages. And there's definitely an argument to be made for the idea of implementing standards for data interchange. After all, that's the premise on which the internet functions.

However, the answer to the question, "which standard do we use?" is a bit more complicated. There are so many standards already, and yet few are quite perfect for describing the content exchanged by most media outlets. Plus, the concept of meta data a la PBCore is not enough on its own. It's great to have a structure for describing content, and it's great to have a structure for communicating that description, but what we really need now is some combination of the two for communicating the description of media-rich content. Don't we?

I say let's revise RSS (again). It's time. Podcasting changed the face of the internet and the media that is transmitted over the internet. Likewise, it seems obvious that as more sorts of information are commonly shared, it's a good idea to expand our abilities to handle those sorts.

I say let's make a new standard, using RSS and PBCore. I can't claim this as my own idea, since it was tossed around by several folks at the Public Media 2007 conference last week. But I can jump aboard and cheer and shout.

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