Friday, September 22, 2006

Intelligence communities and Atom

I guess the intelligence agencies are huge users of syndication feeds, and if you think about it for more than a second the “why” is obvious. If you‘re a knowledge worker feeds are the most important technology to come along in years. They allow you to peruse vast quantities of information in a fraction of the time you used to spend surfing. The things of interest find you rather than your having to look for them. Between feeds and searching they have sent browsing (and navigation) the way of the dodo.

Anyway, I came across this nice comparison of Atom to RSS from the Intelligence Community Metadata Working Group and thought I would share. It is one of the best I have seen. It‘s pretty technical, but the chart found down the page sums up the differences very nicely. Before you click I must issue a warning, you will be taken through about 400 SSL security certificates on your way to the barn. I‘ve never seen anything quite like it. I thought it was fun, but I didn‘t want you to freak when they start assaulting your browser. You‘ve been warned, RSS and Atom Considerations: Moving Toward Atom.

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