As the baying crowd gathers around Old Journalism – creditors on the left, bloggers on the right – the Associated Press makes a desperate lunge. Behold, a new direction that will provide revenue and copyright protection for press agencies while letting those tech-heads… um… mash-up their RSS content beacons! Or something! Or, as the digerati have interpreted it: Someone just sold the Associated Press a bag of magic beans.
But let’s stay with the idea of a technology-based strategy for staying relevant rather than, say, doing better work. What would we digerati, being clever people of taste and distinction, choose as a non-laughable course of action?
Okay, so, a big swirly mass of press agencies wants to peddle their content over the internet under a unified schema. How about…
- At the very least, an open internet standard to keep the playing field level
- … based on existing open, popular standards, like RSS or Atom
- Use of microformats in published content that maintain all the metadata (viva semantic web!)
- Some method of encoding rights data, ideally using the hippest content licensing scheme there is
- Rights enforcement using the actual law rather than even the merest hint of DRM-crypto-insanity
- And while we’re reaching for the stars, maybe even a way of encoding the author’s journalistic principles in the metadata too?
Let’s take all that, stir it up with a big dollop of XML, bake it into an Internet Draft and call it hNews. Whoa, look at that! And look at which organisation’s behind it – the Associated Press! How’d that happen? And more importantly, what about the magical beacon wrappers? Read the rest of this entry »