Ubiquitous online news : content syndication and the semantic web
Bruns, Axel (2004) Ubiquitous online news : content syndication and the semantic web. In Association of Internet Researchers Conference : IR 5.0 - Ubiquity?, 19-22 September 2004, University of Sussex, Brighton.
Recent years have seen the increasing interconnection and content sharing between individual publications, and especially amongst blogs and other alternative news Websites. This move can be seen as an outcome of their users’ fascination with gatewatching1 and similar efforts, even though it may not be articulated as such. Blogging provides a particularly clear insight into the significance of gatewatching here: the fundamental principle of blogs is the provision of timestamped information (in reverse chronological order, that is with the most recent material displayed most prominently) – in this respect, they are little different from diaries or journals. Other than the fact that they can now be published to a potentially world‐wide audience, one, and perhaps the key advantage of blogs over such more traditional forms of writing is their embeddedness in the wider network of information that is the World Wide Web, however: contrary to the writers of diaries or journals, bloggers writing about topics which interest them can directly connect to other material on these topics through the inclusion of hyperlinks and copied excerpts from other Web pages in their blog entries. Where a diary writer in another medium might have to summarize the issue they are concerned about, and then engage with it, a blogger can simply link to the online resource which triggered their ruminations, and respond to it directly – in essence, then, we could describe blogging, and indeed most gatewatching, as a form of remote annotation or criticism of Web content.
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