Share Your OPML

It seems I’ve been focused on OPML for the past few posts, and why not? OPML appears to be gaining a lot of attention lately. There’s even an OPML Camp in Boston later this month.

So, what’s all the fuss about? Adam Green summarizes his vision for the future of OPML on the OPML Camp blog:

I see OPML as an extremely flexible container for many types of XML and HTML data. Its simplicity and extensibility means that it can be used to bring together many types of structured content that are currently being developed on the Web, such as microcontent, attention data, identity data, and data that will eventually comprise the Semantic Web. OPML won’t replace these many efforts, it will help integrate them, by providing a common packaging mechanism.

Adam Green OPML Camp blog

As of right now, many sites are using RSS as a common content delivery format. While RSS works for syndication, though, I think that it lacks the extensibility and context to fill the role of this “flexible container.” OPML won’t replace RSS, but it will aid in its delivery. So, I’m a little more than casually interested in seeing the application and future direction of OPML.

Along these lines, Dave Winer, launched today his new Share Your OPML service, the purpose of which is to “gather a community of subscription lists, in OPML format, and aggregate them in interesting ways.” It’s unclear to me (right now) the practical value of this service, since I was unable to discover how to actually generate OPML from the site. If the site were to provide OPML feeds for each data display, then its value would be readily apparent. Right now, I can only find an OPML feed for the Top 100 shared feeds.

Nevertheless, in the spirit of signing up for every new service out there, you can view my shared feeds here.