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13. Subscription and Aggregation with RSS > 13.7. Creating Your Own RSS Content

Creating Your Own RSS Content

RSS allows you to aggregate like items, though you don’t have to restrict this to web pages and news sources and things like that. For instance, one effective use of RSS would be to keep lists of multimedia recommendations such as books, music, and movies.

I use RSS to maintain a list of book recommendations from friends. For the most part, the RSS elements and the DC module define most of the data I want to capture, including the dc:creator, dc:subject, and the standard RSS channel, items, and item. However, within the core RSS 1.0 specification, a few useful fields are missing. Among these are elements to record who made the recommendation, the URL of her web site, whether the book has been read (or the movie has been viewed), and an URL of the review if any. Since the business I’m interested in documenting—book recommendations—isn’t fully covered or predefined in any existing RDF vocabulary or within any existing RSS 1.0 module I could find, I created one of my own, with the following namespace:


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