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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • rdf/cpan (Score:4, Interesting)

    by inkdroid (3294) on 2003.10.06 13:27 (#24687) Homepage Journal

    Wow, I really like this idea. Is the idea to serialize CPAN metadata in a similar way to how the Open Directory Project [dmoz.org] makes their data [dmoz.org] available? Speaking as an ex-librarian, your use of RDF and DublinCore is commendable. People in the library and information science communities have been getting all excited about RDF and DublinCore for years, and it's is very cool to see someone putting it to practical use. I bet the the semantic web folks [w3.org] would also be very interested to hear about your experiments.

    On a somewhat related note: while it's a kind of eclectic the Open Archives Initiative [openarchives.org] has developed a protocol [openarchives.org] for sharing large sets of metadata. The OAI-PMH provides a very simple framework for building data providers and data harvesters using a set of 6 verbs over XML/HTTP: Identify(), ListIdentifiers(), GetRecord(), ListmetadataFormats(), ListRecords(), ListSets(). While it might not be of direct use, it could be of interest if you are looking for ideas on how to allow people to update their local copies of CPAN metadata without grabbing the whole lot each time. The OAI-PMH has its roots in the arxiv [arxiv.org] pre-print server at Los Alamos, and is currently being used by quite a mix [arxiv.org] of data providers. Oh, and I wrote Net::OAI::Harvester [cpan.org] for interacting with repositories :-)