Structured Blogging has finally gone live and promises to herald a new generation of online application that will output structured information for machine consumption. The gist of it is that this new technology will enable people to create blogs in a manner consistent with the current user experience, but now the content in blogs is more explicitly structured for programmatic consumption. What is particularly exciting is their support for RDF. According to the folks at Structured Blogging:
Structured Blogging is a way to get more information on the web in a way that’s more usable. You can enter information in this form and it’ll get published on your blog like a normal entry, but it will also be published in a machine-readable format so that other services can read and understand it.
Think of structured blogging as RSS for your information. Now any kind of data – events, reviews, classified ads – can be represented in your blog.
As the web becomes increasingly service-oriented, the increasing “metadata-ization” of unstructured content will make it easier for clever developers to create a new breed of remix applications leveraging distributed services and data. The folks at Structured Blogging have some pretty good participants involved. I agree with Richard McManus
With any luck, Structured Blogging will quickly gain some momentum due to the plugins – and before you know it will go mainstream.