[Catalyst] User Generated Content (project collaboration)

Kieren Diment diment at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 10:08:51 CEST 2006

On 16/08/06, John Napiorkowski <jjn1056 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> What I think could be really cool about this is if we could make a VMWare
> appliance out of it will some sort of GUI for people to add the components
> they want.  All the cool kids are doing this today and I think it would
> overcome the biggest trouble with adoption, which is getting everything
> installed.

Grappling as I am with a mod_perl application that I want to utilise the
database model from, I can attest that any way of decoupling deployment from
implementation is good and absolutely nescessary.   Mostly I'm just sorting
through the crap that Catalyst already does much better (and better
documented = > 0) before I can begin the port.

> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Roman <roman at fili.ca>
> ...snip...
>    * Collections (links, recipes, jokes, images, movies)
>    * Social networks (friends, dating, interest groups)
>    * Collaborations

Well I'm working on getting a catalyst model for academic bibliographic
databases at the moment.  These are fairly horriffic in terms of the
structure of the database schema.  So hopefully when I'm through this code
it can feed back into a few of these categories.  As I'm basing this on GPL
code I don't see why not.

Another area I'm interested in is biological classifications.  Again
complex, particularly if you start looking at environmental classification
along with linnean classification.  Basically you start superimposing a
binary tree on top of some kind of more complex graph data structure.  This
has quite a lot in common with web based social networking stuff (think
geographical classificaiton versus social classification).

It seems to me that collaborations, at present are two paralell streams of
web 2.0.  First there is the social bookmarking stuff - like delicious,
flickr and co.  Secondly reddit digg and iuesthis type thingies.

Nutting these things out in a distributed manner that confoms to published
apis and has usability features to try to collect good data is a good basis
to build the blocks for the semantic web - which is what Tim O'Rilley is on
about - versus Tim Berners-Lee and the development of W3C standards.
Standards have been of limited importance to date *cough*microsoft* so I
can't see why we've got to wait for something that won't work anyway...

Theoretical rant over.  Let me know if I can help.
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