Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: An RSS categorization proposal
Author: David A. Mundie Posted: 9/9/1999; 5:59:05 PM Topic: rss channels via email Msg #: 10844 (In response to 10841) Prev/Next: 10841 / 10845
You write: "I can see one tradeoff in the XMLTREE approach, it depends heavily on James to make it work. What happens when someone doesn't like the way he has classified a channel? What does he do if two people feel the channel should be classified in different places?"
I think you've missed a major point here. The most important advantage of the DDC is that it does *not* depend on James to make it work. The DDC is supported by an international body of experts, and has extremely well-documented processes and procedures for performing the cataloguing, complete with state-of-the-art online support, which is why several studies have demonstrated that there is a very high correlation among classifications performed by independent cataloguers.
Contrast this with the ad-hoc schemes. If you disagree with the way an Open Directory editor has classified a site, you have nothing to fall back on - it becomes a shouting match. With the DDC, you always have an authoritative answer with a well-reasoned rationale to refer to.
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- Re: An RSS categorization proposal, Dave Winer, 9/9/1999; 6:21:52 PM
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