Structured blogging standard launched
Standards initiative for blog aggregation and applications
One of the problems with blogs is that posts can have any, or no, structure. So, for example, my blog post about a DVD review might include the running time and the certificate. Your DVD reviews might instead offer a star rating and a genre classification. This inconsistency makes the work of automatic aggregation into a DVD review site very difficult. Likewise its very challenging to do intelligent filtering (e.g notify me of all reviews of Jim Carey's films in the non-comedy genre) .
It also means that collectively as bloggers our film reviews don’t get reach their full potential audiences.
RSS does not help here – it merely makes it possible pass our reviews around amazingly easily but cannot do anything to deal with the lack of a common structure.
Structured blogging is a not-for profit initiative intended to address this which is supported by a number of players and announced at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco earlier this week (December 13).
Structured Blogging has a very credible set of supporters but there are also those who are more cautious about its prospects, such as Stowe Boyd of Corante, who believe that it is a top-down approach to blog standards which is less likely to succeed than a more bottom-up approach such as microformats or blogspeak.
Bioteams Books Reviews
I have been thinking a lot about what happens when a leader gets under severe pressure, usually because things are not going according to plan. It seems to me this is the very essence of real leadership and where leaders can really justify their salaries. BUT according to Professor Dietrich Dorner, in his excellent book The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations, there are two very tempting but ultimately disastrous tangents a leader can pursue in a crisis instead of addressing the real issues.