Real data inside web pages

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Real data inside web pages

Post by MikeGale » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:30 pm

I'm interested in the use of web pages for more than eyecandy, text and pictures.

Maybe others here are too.

Seems that some Germans have been looking into it.

http://j.mp/Hp8pWq

They've looked at a lot of pages (from common Crawl) and extracted the information where it exists.

Of the dozen or so formats they looked at:
* hCalendar Microformat (details of events) seems to have been most common
* Followed by XFN (XHTML Friends Network), RDFa and increasingly html-microdata.

The big story is that RDFa is growing robustly, html-microdata is also growing and everything else is either growing slightly or in a decline. (The full detail is more nuanced than that!)

In the batch (/batch set) they processed 2,565,741,671 URL's of which 251,855,917 had such data. That's 9.8%. One heck of a lot more than I expected.

Apparently the work cost all of something like USD 600. That is astonishing!

If anybody here is using these things I suggest checking out what RDFa and html-microdata, have going for them.

If anybody has insight into these, would appreciate a heads up.

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