Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
My 40 most-recent links, ranked by number of clicks.
FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
As you may know, we have a river of news for some of the occupations around the world. The goal is to complete the list and keep it current. So, as new cities come on, their feeds show up in the list, and we're showing their news on the news page.
Of course all this data is open and available to other developers to build on.
Here are the two key bits:
1. The OPML subscription list. You can import this into any news reader that supports OPML, which should be all of them. It's the standard way of exchanging subscription lists. If your reader does not support dynamic lists, you'll have to re-import it from time to time, as the list grows.
2. The JSON news flow. This is the aggregated news flow in JSON format. It's what the River page displays. Poll it at most once every ten minutes, that's how often it's updated. At the top of each hour and 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes into each hour. I think the format is fairly self-explanatory.
Both of these files are hosted on S3 so they should be able to handle some traffic.