links for 2007-04-09

  • The microformat approach of adding semantic markup to existing and human-readable content works particularly well within the context of search. OpenSearch search engines can return search results in a human-readable XHTML format; thus it is easy to apply

  • Two kinds of colonial naming: erasure and appropriation. But when it's always the colonists doing the naming, is one really preferable to the other? The recently created Nunavut (Inuktitut for "our land") is perhaps the only exception in the hemisphere.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.