There’s an interesting discussion about XML repositories going on over at the XQuery Talk mailing list at Stylus Studio’s website. Also, if you are interested in XML repositories, the best publicly available deep-dive is over at Ron Bourret’s site.
Day: March 21, 2008
Jabin White from Silverchair was interviewing me the other day for their newsletter, and one of the questions was about which blogs I read. Of course, I read a lot–a quick count of my RSS reader shows me about 50 blogs under “content management” and “XML.” I also have a few RSS feeds for vendor press releases (and a note to vendors–I vastly prefer RSS delivery of press releases over email delivery, so if you have an RSS feed, please email me).
I need to do some housework in my blog list. Out of those 50 or so blogs, at least 10 seem to be completely dormant, and a number are very rarely updated. But there are some I read regularly. These include:
- General CMS blogs like Trendwatch at CMS Watch and the blog Conquering Information Chaos by AIIM’s John Mancini
- Two titans of the general technology blogosphere, Dave Winer and Jon Udell.
- The DITA blogs at XML.org.
- The blog by Mark Logic CEO Dave Kellogg.
- The amazing eBook blog at TeleRead, maybe the most in-depth technology blog on a single subject out there.
- The blog by Brian Jones at Microsoft, who is fronting a lot of their work with Microsoft Office file formats at ISO.
- For DRM, the one and only source, Bill Rosenblatt’s DRM Watch.
Aside from blogs, I read XML.com of course, and Robin Cover’s Cover Pages. (You have XML pretty much covered if you read these two things–and Gilbane.com of course!)
One other thing I do is use Google news and blog alerts, though sparingly, as you can really get overwhelmed. I get a daily Google Alert on XForms, for example, that is usually very good.
Note that I didn’t mention email. I do get a lot of things in my inbox, and read some, but I spend more time pruning my email than I do reading it. I also periodically unsubscribe to email lists and then curse myself for joining them in the first place. I read a few yahoo groups regularly (notably dita-users, now 1824 members strong!), but use the browser interface for that more and more.
So that’s my bag of tricks. Any thing else I should be reading?