ODP title, description and category meta data

Discussion in 'General ODP Issues' started by telNform, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. telNform

    telNform Member

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    I have search the ODP Forums and the DMOZ website and have a question or two regarding April's announcement of Yahoo/Overture using "ODP title, description and category meta data" used to enhance Yahoo!'s relevant search results.

    Now, this may have been answered somewhere, but unfortunately a search returned no results and I was not able to locate a post that addressed the topic.

    From the vague information in the DMOZ Blog and the press release at Overture ( http://www.content.overture.com/d/USm/ps/wspi.jhtml ) I am wondering if there are now new tags for ODP ... hence "ODP title, description and category meta data" or is this simply data that is parsed from ODP? I am assuming that it is parsed, but would like some verification ... if possible
     
  2. Alucard

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    There is a dump of the entire ODP directory is a machine-readable format, known as the "RDF" - it is possible that any downstream users parse ODP pages directly, or use the RDF as a source for their own directories. You would need to contact the users of the data to find out which of these they use and how they use it.

    Check out the "Using ODP data" forum at http://resource-zone.com/forum/index.php?showforum=13 for more discussion on how people can use the data.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. telNform

    telNform Member

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    Thank You

    This is basically what I thought, but just wanted to verify that there were not some alternate meta tags that the ODP was now utilizing/Accepting [meta name="ODP-title" content="title content"] or similar ...

    again thanks for the clarification ... the work you folks do is extremely appreciated and sometimes this appears to be diminished with 'some' people's expectations of what they want.

    keep up the good work

    telNform


     
  4. hutcheson

    hutcheson DMOZ Meta DMOZ Meta

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    No, nothing like that. "metadata" is any kind of information "about" other data. Web pages may have meta tags with a site title and description, but ODP editors generate their own. And we do it better -- hence the putative value to Yahoo (although, like you, I'm very curious as to exactly what they're doing with it.)
     

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