MAR 1st 2007

The other day I was thinking, wouldn't it be interesting to see a site come out that essentially acts as a broker or mirror of metadata from other sites? You could go to this site, enter a URL and have the metadata from that page presented to you in clean, crisp XML. It would be even better if this was turned into a Web service and the API was free for anyone to use. I would imagine there would be quite a bit of mashing potential!

The site could quickly become the largest repository of metadata on the Web if it stores the URL and resulting metadata from each request. This would allow it to gain traction quickly because it would not rely solely on crawling the Web for more URLs to feed upon. I think this has potential but who knows, this may just qualify as the feature of a larger system. Let me know what you think.

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James Simmons

It's my goal to help bring about the Semantic Web. I also like to explore related topics like natural language processing, information retrieval, and web evolution. I'm the primary author of Semantic Focus and I'm currently working on several Semantic Web projects.

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