A new way to aggregate microformat data
One of the big problems to be solved in the world ofwidgets/gadgets/modules/components/etc. is how to publish, discover andingest them. OpenSearch is one such method for searching for widgets that makes sense. But I just heard about another site called Pingerati. Pingerati is effectively a pub/sub mechanism for web pages containing microformatdata. It is a push mechanism, in that a page that is updated must tell(ping) Pingerati about the update. Pingerati then crawls the site andforwards the microformat updates to registered subscribers formicroformats of that type. Listeners can subscribe to all microformatupdates or just microformats that they are interested in. Further,there is an API that a web developer could use to automate this processfor catelogs or personal sites. Lastly, if the name sounds alot like Technorati, that's with good reason given it's a Technorati project.
Thiscould be a key piece of the widget lifecycle puzzle in that widgetspublished to a personal site or catalog, could then easily publicisethat update to other catelogs or interested parties, such as installedinstances of widget frameworks.
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