Garo Garabedyan's Divergent Thinking Blog

RSS as a DataBase. Making RSS a mainstream.

with 2 comments RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content including, but not limited to, blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. An RSS document (which is called a “feed” or “web feed” or “channel”) contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text.

RSS is a technology that is though to become mainstream at 2007. People try to explain why it is not and what have to be changed in order to reach monopoly. I try to do the same thing on this article.

RSS returns XML which is a group of separated articles, every article contains title and body. If we think about the RSS request from the client to the server as a DataBase request it is too poor. Only general columns. I offer to add more columns, like post date, author, event and some custom according to the content.

I hope this will deal with some problems like the less of archives (history) in RSS data; Machin-friendly and useful. Binding the Content Management System of the web page with this RSS DB can make providing RSS content cheaper.

Just SQL-ing the Web. Of course there is no strict policy between column names and the SQL executor (the web user), so it is needed a special page where visitors to see how the columns are named and what they contain.

Then just add thematic structure of the RSS content. Telling that one feed present information about a few objects and every article has a declaration about which object is it about.

Isn’t the described RSS close to the purpose of the Semantic web. Only if the data in the RSS DB is not only new updated but containing information from the past.

Web page like a User-friendly accessible DB.

RSS was often used in blogs, look how Google BlogSearch uses a kind of an eventBased policy to present information about new search results. They use RSS, too. You see how an RSS source is even a search result page, where when a change occurs in the search result, the RSS presents it immediately to the subscribers.

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Written by garabedyan

March 3, 2008 at 11:03

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  1. You have an interesting idea. A lot has been written about the semantic web and whether RSS is indeed the practical early instance of the semantic web. I would view your idea as a new / additional API to access blog servers. Have you looked at the Atom protocol/format? Does it have a similar capability?

    Pito Salas

    March 11, 2008 at 14:53

  2. Thank you about your comment. I hope that this idea will be useful to BlogBridge ( .


    March 13, 2008 at 21:34

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