This Whole Syndication Thing Is Sucking Me Down the Drain...

Brian Lamb, Abject Learning, Nov 20, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Brian Lamb ponders the place of syndication in the world. "I blog merrily along, talking about the power of syndication to anyone who will listen... and I'm still trying to achieve what seemed to be just around the corner four years ago... I've had remarkably good luck the past few years with grant applications and conference proposals. But so far, each submission that's focused on RSS or syndication in any way has been rejected -- come to think of it, these have been my only failures." My own work on syndication is similarly unfunded. People want web services and digital rights management and competencies, but few people - few funders, at least - want to see open resource sharing. But what this tells me is this: that while the short term money is being bet on roadblocks, the long term money is still best bet on roads.
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