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April 24, 2006


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Michael Fagan

Things are not as bad as they seem.

Firstly "GData" is basically an Atom Store ( http://bitworking.org/news/Google_Data_APIs_Protocol ), combining the Atom syndiciation format and publishing protocol, along with OpenSearch (which I think they should use more http://www.faganfinder.com/wp/2006/04/20/783/ ). So *unlike* what Google usually does (just invent their own namespace such as for Google Base), they actually make use of existing open formats.

On the other hand, along with GData, they also define some "kinds" of data ( http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/common-elements.html ), which like Google Base, they've gone with their own namespace instead of the common open formats. Unlike usual, however, it seems like they may be receptive to our input http://www.unto.net/unto/work/google-data-apis-and-opensearch/#comment-522 , so there's hope :-)

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