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Re: [kDev] Re: Metacrap -- and now read this...
Hi Constantine and All,
On Sunday, February 9, 2003, at 01:15 am, Constantine Makarov wrote:
The question should be: what types (categories) of information Kendra
wants to invite people to publish and how other people can easily read
/ view / listen to it without having to go through an intensive
training program (cause they won't).
First, I need to draw a line between what we want out of kendraTools
and what we want out of kendraSystem. So, I'll give answers for both
separately mostly taken from:
kendraTools - as we have on the current Kendra website: information on
People, Companies, Events, Meetings, Forums and News. With the addition
of Accounts and Funding Opportunities.
kendraSystem - as we have on the current Kendra website: information on
the Network: Servers and Media. With the addition of Commerce,
Interface, Rules, Catalogue.
How much data and what types of data will be published, in what
kendraTools - as much data as there are people and as much as they want
to talk. Mostly in textual format and maybe some graphics.
kendraSystem - statistics on the current status of the Network. Test
media such as as music and videos. So, a wide range of formats: text,
graphics, audio and video.
Is it to be contained in Kendra's own server /dta repository or is it
going to be on content owner's own storage, yo just provide the link?
kendraTools and kendraSystem - initially have data stored on Kendra
server BUT very quickly need to get these to be distributed systems.
Yes people will write in text format (do you expect them to write in
XML?) And yes other people will read text format and they are not
interested what is behind it. AND THEY WANNA READ IN THEIR OWN
LANGUAGE. The latest report to the EU (unreleased to public yet) has
shown: today above 70% + of all the content on the WEB is in
languages other than English.
Quick note: the fact that some software claims to be unicode
compliant does not necessarily mean that some WEB user will be able to
post his content in his language and some other user will be able to
view / read it in his (different ) language.
And yes there is at least one solution for this.
Just to check basic assumptions: you mention "system" - since
everything is public then whatever structure you would like to use it
has to be open source. It has to be easy for other information banks
to link up and communicate, most likely using WEB services technology.
That points strongly to something XML-based.
Yes, it does.
Actually, there is a more or less standard process you have to go
through, in terms of asking the right questions. I suggest to set up
a little conference call where we can brainstorm. Perhaps I could ask
a professional data publishing systems consultant (my colleague) join
the call. This is also in line with some pragmatic suggestions
regarding the project plan.
In order to plan the project you have to define the goal
(deliverables) of the project first. Define stages of development of
Kendra environment, etc.
So, the project plan as it stands doesn't do this very well or not at
all? I really do invite you to be critical.
who would like to participate?
No one replied so I guess it's just me and thee and your colleague...
Daniel, perhaps you could have a suggestion when and how? (number to
call, there is lots of them conference call or audiobridge facility
... which makes it a lot easier and less expensive. Let's just call
each other and report back to the list. I'm around during the day.
Let's exchange numbers off list.