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Create an API

Create an API to allow developers to search and access resources. The Sunlight Foundation helps government agencies open up their data and create APIs so developers can use the data in applications. They could be a great partner in your work.

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Paradata formats and storage

Are there any good/popular formats for structuring "paradata?" Also, how should paradata be stored? Is the publishing agent responsible for storing and sending it to anyone who asks for a period of time? Could we use a bittorrent concept to help make paradata available to all but without having to be stored by everyone? (Share the storage?) Paradata is any kind of usage data (whether raw weblogs, ratings, reviews, ...more »

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Solution Design

From my perspective the four problems areas that were partly elaborated on the blog and also fed into the discussion topics below are all interrelated. I don't believe you can arrive at independent solutions and expect them to work as a whole (not suggesting that is what you are actually trying to do but has an impact on the discussion). Normally in solution design there needs to be clarification of the "business" requirements, ...more »

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Metadata augmentation and performance

How can we get metadata augmentation from many different sources in a way that doesn’t create gatekeepers but also permits high performance searches? Metadata augmentation would permit classification or other information about a resource to be searchable from any node on a network, regardless of who publishes the resource. In traditional metadata models, only the publisher of a resource can provide metadata and search ...more »

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Make learning content crawl-able

I don't see this issue as a search engine problem so much as it is a content format problem. The biggest problem with accessing "learning content" right now is that most of what we call learning content (SCORM packages) is closer to being a mini-application than it is to being a pure provider of content. How can a search engine be expected to crawl a site that has its navigation locked away in a proprietary format....especially ...more »

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Make learning content crawl-able

I don't see this issue as a search engine problem so much as it is a content format problem. The biggest problem with accessing "learning content" right now is that most of what we call learning content (SCORM packages) is closer to being a mini-application than it is to being a pure provider of content. How can a search engine be expected to crawl a site that has its navigation locked away in a proprietary format....especially ...more »

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