By Stephen Downes
February 25, 2004

LiveJournal FOAF
LiveJournal, probably the most tightly knit of all the blogging software communities (LiveJournal users explicitly identify other LiveJournal users as 'friends' on their websites), is now exporting FOAF files - it is only a matter of time now before other blogging software contains the same function, and hence, before the Semantic Social Network really takes off. By Various Authors, LiveJournal, February 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

IMS Quarterly Meetings: Zürich, Switzerland, 2004
This summary of the recent IMS meetings in Zurich highlights a number of European standards initiatives, such as uch as ProLearn and TELCERT along with American projects recently sponsored by the Mellon foundation, such as SAKAI and Lionshare. Discussions at the meeting included a proposal to extend the specification by adding a tenth 'accessibility' data element and the development of a (long overdue) IMS FAQ. By Norm Friesen, February 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS: A Big Success In Danger of Failure
The author argues that "it is clear that without the use of meta-directories and their standardized classifications and taxonomies the RSS community is in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own success and becoming the 'push' of 2004." Having already achieved more success than was ever dreamed for push, this danger appears slight. However, the author successfully taps into some things that won't work. By Bill Burnham, Burnham's Beat, reprinted on the Weekly Read, February 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How RSS Can Succeed
I posted this item in response to RSS: A Big Success In Danger of Failure, by Bill Burnham. RSS could succeed. It will probably succeed. But it is important to keep our focus on what it does well: it allows an individual to scan, filter, and pass forward. That's all it ever has to do. The network will do the rest. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, February 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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