As some of you may know, I’ve been digging into what’s become known as ‘government transparency’ - that is, the effort among many to make more information generated inside government become visible and usable by the public (broadly speaking: citizens, the press, and others.)
In doing this I am struck by the variety (many similar but still different) ways to access information that is being served up as part of a ‘web services API’ or a ‘REST API’. This has inspired me to see some parallels between the current scene and what led to the original invention of RSS, a format/protocol that we here at BlogBridge have spent many years working with.
You may be interested in this paper. (By the way, as an experiment I am publishing it on the Scripd site to see if that helps or hinders things. You may be interested in the site yourself.