Syndic8 is now tracking use of Creative Commons Licenses...
- Hi Everyone,
I've been working on a project to start tracking the use of feed-level
Creative Commons licenses in Syndic8. Here's what I have so far:
1 - The Syndic8 poller recognizes the presence of the license tag
on RSS 0.9, 1.0, and 2.0 feeds using the conventions established
for each one:
1.0 - mod_cc
2.0 - Userland's RSS module
I hope I've done this right. If your feed has a license and its not
the site, let me know.
Note that I track feed-level licenses only. I don't care about licenses
to individual items (I might in the future).
2 - Each feed stores a "License ID" value. This can have any one of the
1 No license
2 Unknown license
3 Attribution, Noncommercial
4 Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works
5 Attribution, No Derivative Works
6 Attribution, Share Alike
8 No Derivative Works
9 Share Alike
12 Attribution, Noncommercial, Share Alike
10 and 11 are open slots due to the way I set up the DB.
3 - The license value is shown in the feed's info page, for example:
4 - You can use the query box at the bottom of the feed list page to select
only feeds with a given type of license:
5 - Stats on license usage are shown at the very bottom of the RSS tab of
The license for a feed cannot be changed on the site; it must be defined
the feed. Eventually we will have some popup help to describe this.
Right now, there are no special Reviewer actions related to licensing. If
notice that a feed has an unknown license (we already have two like that)
you may want to mail the owner and help them to get it fixed.
I may have missed a license or two; in fact I am sure that I did. Send me
info and I will get this fixed up as soon as I can. I will be traveling this
(I'll be at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech Conference and would love to meet
any Syndic8 users).