335Re: [govtrack] GovTrack Machine Tags
- Jun 18, 2007Joe Germuska wrote:
> Has there been any discussion of a machine tag convention for GovTrackHi, Joe.
> "nodes"? (see http://machinetags.org/ or
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_tag>) If not, is there any interest?
I'm not a particularly big fan of tags. I see them as a very short term,
unorganized solution to a much larger problem. As time goes on, the
likelihood of cashes of tag names grows and grows (i.e. ambiguity of
what the tag was meant to refer to), and as people try to push more
information inside of a tag, we get stuck trying to parse the
information back out, not knowing whether it was intended or not.
My preferred approach is using semantic web methods, like URIs for
identifying things and RDF for encoding structured data.
> I could imagine a lot of value to the community of GovTrack usersAnd so from that perspective, I'm not opposed to adding things like that
> tagging del.icio.us <http://del.icio.us> bookmarks or whatnot with tags
> that could be linked back to specific bills.
to the site, but people would have to point me in the right direction
for what to do.
> govtrack:bill=h110-2206In the ideal world, I would use a globally unique identifier for each bill.
> One could also suggest a format for "people" tags, likeThere are IDs assigned with the Library of Congress (see
> govtrack:person=300038 (Dick Durbin) Not sure if there is any usable
> unique ID that would make it more "shared" than govtrack.
bioguide.congress.gov) which are neutral ground, although they have some
issues like multiple identifiers assigned to the same individual ---
after women change their name (at least in their historical data, which
might just be unintentional).
> For people like Dick Durbin, the likelihood of users selecting the sameAnd the likelihood that other Dick Durbin's in the world get conflated
> tag intuitively is much higher than for tagging a bill.
with our congressional guy also is higher, which is why I don't like
But like I said, I'm not deeply opposed to using them on the website.
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