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July 07, 2005

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Boris Mann

Or...you build that functionality directly into your application and use the open APIs of those other systems to populate their databases directly.

And you fill out one form, none of this copy paste stuff.

For which we don't need microformats.

peter caputa

Good point. EVDB and upcoming both have APIs. Duh!

I am sure there will be countless sites that don't do this, though. So, there is still some purpose to my idea.

Bookers

this definately feasible with some work. feel free to throw some money my way.

Nancy Tubbs

Hey Pete - I agree, cool idea. I've been doing something similar for a couple years now, posting events to sites, papers, emails. The hard part is not the technology, though, it's getting the correct, complete information: all the pieces that each site wants. That includes the correct discounts to the appropriate lists, the right length description for each place, and getting the right event to the right list. And making it look nice and sound good, so people will want to come. (Same idea as those awesome Whizspark sites!)

I handle the Boston market and would be happy to spot you some free trials so you can check it out.

Your blog provides a daily jolt of creativity - thanks very much for writing it!

Nancy

peter caputa

Hi Nancy!

Thanks for your comment and complements. I'd love to talk to you about fullcalendar and see if there is any way we can help each other out.

ryan

Peter-

Taking the example of the bands' websites, why can't the band just publish the schedule on their own website and let others' index it? That's part of the power of microformats- you can publish anywhere and it can still be consumed programmatically.

-ryan

peter caputa

Good point, Ryan. That is the point of stuctured blogging or microformats. They are being pushed by search/aggregation companies (technorati and pubsub).

However, there are many event directories that will not give up all of their event data to search/aggregation sites so easily. So, in the meantime, this little script would be handy.

peter caputa

Oh. and these directories do provide value in the meanwhile until everyone switches over to sites that are more open, like EVDB and upcoming.org or until everyone can just publish their event through their weblog in a structured way and let the rest of the web syndicate or index it.

Nancy Tubbs

Hey Pete, you know Ryan works at Technorati, right?

Structured text and aggregators are fine, but we're a long ways away from a perfect world, as you say, Pete.

peter caputa

I did not know that Ryan was from Technorati. I guess he's stuck in that 'our way is the right way', I don't really need to tell you about my allegiances, kinda 'tude. Hey Ryan?

Just kidding. I should have clicked to your blog. Your point is very valid.

Nancy's point is more valid. We are a long way from web 2.0 saturation. With events, it certainly isn't going to happen overnight. We'll need some clever things and some powerful web influencers to get events into web 2.0. It'll come, but it won't be overnight.

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