Here is my 2 cents in 10 minutes between calls.
I agree with Brendan - XML is a catch all to describe a data format that is
meaningless when it comes to appropriate functionality. It is a check box
for most (or all) vendors. It is a trivial matter to export to XML and even
to import (from a technical perspective). Making the XML meaningful is
about format, structure, process, context and application.
Let's imagine that you wanted to develop an automated XML feed from one
system to another for integration of taxonomy terms. If the taxonomy
changes, the change should be reflected elsewhere. There is no standard way
of doing that since XML transforms will have to be written for the
applications in order to make the taxonomy "consumable" by a subscribing
system. But we also need oversight and change control to be sure we are not
breaking something. So the question is about the purpose for integration
and process for managing changes.
Saying your system is XML based is a little like saying "we use
computers"... Technically correct, but not meaningful in terms of value and
"fitness to purpose" (to quite Tony Byrne).
Earley & Associates, Inc
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Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 6:42 PM
Subject: [TaxoCoP] Need input for eContent article
Hello all *
I am in the process of writing an article on "Taxonomies and XML" for the
March issue of eContent magazine. I would like to feature the thoughts and
experiences of members of this community. Specifically, I would like your
input in the following areas.
What is the role of XML in taxonomy development, management and
Are there situations in which XML is not appropriate?
What are the minimum XML capabilities a CMS or Search system should have
to adequately leverage taxonomies?
Which platforms and applications currently have the best or most
innovative approaches to XML and taxonomies? Have any come up with a better
approach that doesn't use XML?
What capabilities are needed that are not currently available?
What constitutes a good Taxonomy XML schema?
Are you currently using XML to manage taxonomies (or have you in the
past)? If so, how and what has the experience been like?
War stories and philosophical positions are very welcome. I would like to
make the article as practical as possible, illustrating it with the
experience and insights of practitioners such as yourselves. I think this
could stimulate some interesting discussion on the list, but feel free to
respond to me off-list if you prefer. Unfortunately, I'm on a tight
deadline so I'll need to collect everything by the end of the week.
Everything will be fully attributed unless you let me know that you would
prefer to remain anonymous. Thanks for your thoughts.
Darin L. Stewart, Ph.D.
Director, Research Information Services
Oregon Health & Science University
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