One million new XML documents before May 31 (was Re: Short Essay: Squeezing RDF into a Java Object Model)

Dan Brickley Daniel.Brickley at
Tue May 4 01:55:48 BST 1999

On Mon, 3 May 1999, David Megginson wrote:

> David Megginson writes:
>  > Just so -- personally, I've had no need to use most of the stuff
>  > either (it's a classic 80/20 thing), and I've written ad-hoc RDF
>  > libraries that work just fine for my customers' real-world
>  > requirements, including one for WavePhore that's happily processing
>  > streaming RDF data records for over 2,000 newswire stories
>  > (probably more than that by now) every day at dozens of customer
>  > sites.
> I just found out that WavePhore's actually sending out 26,000 newswire
> stories every day now: that's 26,000 XMLNews-Meta (RDF) records *and*
> 26,000 XMLNews-Story (NITF) documents, for a total of 52,000 new XML
> documents every day, or over one million new XML documents every 20
> days.*  I don't know the numbers from others using XMLNews.

Cool! We should also not forget another relatively behind-the-scenes 
XML/RDF application (even if the details are a little hokey). Netscape's
"What's Related" application is massively deployed on thousands of
desktops; when punters click on the whats-related widget in recent
copies of Navigator, it makes a simple HTTP query to their metadata
server which returns a chunk of XML-shaped text. 

For example see

The Netscape folks had plenty of stick on the RDF-DEV list for various
problems with the actual file format used (see notes at [1]) but looking
beyond that, it's still rather cool. Also next to invisible despite the
presumably vast amounts of XMLish data flowing between and desktop browsers. 



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