Pit Schultz on 8 Dec 2000 11:11:56 -0000

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E-mail lists present an exciting directory development opportunity.
Sponsors of specific e-mail lists know how difficult it is to promote
an e-mail list and Internet users have an extremely difficult time
finding active lists of interest. The dead weight of outdated list
information severely limits the accessibility and use of active public
e-mail discussion lists. It is almost impossible to locate more local
lists or to determine which lists are the most active. Most list
software programs offer an "info listname" command that returns a text
file as formatted by the list owner. These files are rarely consistent
and are difficult to combine into value-added directories. However, an
initiative by list owners/managers (those who use these commercial and
non-commercial products) could encourage list software developers to
develop an additional "meta listname" command that would return a
stand file based on an Open Groups XML draft. Ongoing support for a
technically appropriate method of public metadata distribution and
wide use of this information (private lists should not respond in full
to the "meta" command) will be essential. There must be an open
mechanism for competitive sites to use this directory information in
their own directory systems in order to ensure wide use of the

Open Groups
Draft Metadata Fields 2.0 
April 1, 2000 
Copyright 2000 Steven Clift on behalf of Open Groups 
All Rights Reserved 

Group Description 
- Name 
- Short title 
- Short description 
- Full description 
- WWW site group address 
- Language 
- Moderated/unmoderated 
- Keywords 
  + Topical 
  + Audience focus/target 
  + Geography (see below) 
- Registered Open Groups Unique Keyword Name Space 

Primary Group Format 
- E-mail list 
- Web forum 
- Newsgroup 
- Real-time chat 
   + Text 
   + Graphical (Avatars) 
   + Audio 
   + Video 
- Annotation group 
- Other 
- Secondary group forum formats used 
- General Group Content 
  + Announcements 
  + Mostly announcements 
  + Balanced announcements and discussion 
  + Mostly discussion 
  + Discussion 

Group Details 
- Group manager(s) 
  + Manager name 
  + Manager e-mail 
  + Place e-mail on Opt-in OG Announce E-list 
  + Manager home page 
  + No Manager 
  + Optional additional contact details 
  + Additional managers 
- Sponsoring entity name 
- Sponsoring entity web address 
- Sponsoring entity type (legal owner) 
  + Individual 
  + Corporation 
  + Government 
  + Educational 
  + Non-Profit/NGO 
  + Other 
  + No Legal Owner 
- Copyright holder of online group generated content 
  + Content copyright owned by sponsoring entity 
  + Content copyright shared with participant authors 
  + Full content copyright retained by participant authors 
- Geography 
  + Country 
  + State/Province 
  + City 
  + Postal Code 
  + Group geographic focus area 
    - Global 
    - World region name 
    - Country name 
    - State/Province/Region name 
    - City/town/locality name 
    - Estimated longitude/latitude epicenter 
- Membership 
*Only public forums are included in Open Groups 
  + Open, membership open to all 
  + Closed, approval required 
  + Membership requirements or qualifications 
  + Member profiles/introductions web site address 
  + Cost 
  + Members as of X date 
- Time Estimates 
  + Estimated time required per week for minimum participation 
  + Estimated time suggested per week for full participation 
  + Summaries available 
- Participation rules and guidelines URL 
- Participation legal terms of agreement URL 
- Privacy policy URL 
  + User information use matrix ... 
- Age Appropriateness 
  + All ages 
  + Age emphasis range 
  + Restricted age range access 
  + Adult supervised/monitored 
  (Check with GetNetwise for scales) 
- Ratings (?) (10 is best) 
  + Independent rating scale - 1 to 10 
  + Participant comment file 
  + Signal to noise ratio estimate - 1 to 10 
  + Style Scale - 1 (Flame Fest) to 10 (Civil, Polite Discourse) 
- Library catalog subject heading 
- Technical 
  + Group software 
  + Server address 
  + Message exchange status (future) 
- Dates 
  + Start date 
  + End date 
  + Last open groups meta file update 
  + Automated open groups file update date/time stamp 
- Traffic Statistics 
  + Total number of group messages since start date 
  + Total number of messages last calendar month 
  + Total number of messages last calendar year 
  + Unique posters last calendar month, ratio to members 
  + Unique posters last year, ratio to members 
  + Average replies per subject thread 
  + Average number of messages each day 
  + Average number of messages each week 
  + Date of last post 
  + Readership estimates by members 
  + Readership estimates by non-members 
- Archive 
  + Archive, public 
  + Archive, restricted to members 
  + Archive site location 
  + Archive dates 
  + No archive 
- Syndication (Redistribution/External Archive Policies) 
  + Open - Two-way 
  + Open - One-way archive 
  + With Permission Only 
     - Permission Contact 
  + Not allowed 
  + Syndication standards supported 
  + Syndication stream address 
- Related Groups 
  + Same site/sponsor 
  + External 
- Open Groups Assigned Unique Serial Number 

E-mail List Specific 
- Commands to e-mail address 
- Subscribe command 
- Unsubscribe command 
- Digest option full text command 
- Digest option summaries/subject lines command 
- Message submission address 
*Spam control measures will require limited access (full access may required some form of membership in Open Groups and license restrictions on harmful or negative use) to directory information that could be used for automated harvesting of e-mail list addresses that may lead to unsolicited bulk e-mail. 
- News group gateway 
- Web forum gateway 

News Group Specific 
- News group hierarchy 
- News group hierarchy contact information 
- E-mail list gateway 
- Web forum gateway 

Web Forum Specific 
- General site listing - OR - 
- Specific ongoing topic/threaded sub-group 
- Threaded format 
- Linear format 
- Features list 
  + Need to list out core features 
  + etc. 
- E-mail message receipt options 
- E-mail posting options 
- E-mail list gateway - two-way 
- News group gateway - two-way 

Chat Room Specific 
- Chat Server Software 
- Room Channel 
- Time used/open  (i.e. Always, Mondays at X:XX time UTC, etc.) 

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