Generating SIOC data out of mailing list archives
SIOC provides “an ontology for describing discussion forums and posts on topic threads in online community sites” and so called exporters for WordPress or Drupal blogging/cms software. Using that one is perfectly suited to provide information about the activities of communities on websites. A exporter for mailing lists (which are heavily used by communities too) is not provided. I will outline how such a SIOC mailinglist exporter may work…
I like to reuse, so that’s the first policy.
The second policy is, that I dont want to deal with the email archives, but will use RSS or Atom representation of the archive as the source of information.
How to understand the information provided by mailing list archives in a SIOC context?
First of all, the mailing list archive is obviously a
sioc:Forum (archive itself represented by a RSS or Atom feed) with
sioc:Posts (individual mails, RSS/Atom items). The sender of the mail is a
sioc:User, which is the
sioc:has_creator of the
sioc:Post. The website hosting the mailing list archive is defined as the
sioc:Site, the initialy mentioned
sioc:Site. Got it?
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