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Web Syndication is a scratch space for documenting best practices for using syndicated feeds in the egov domain. The idea is to provide web publishers in government with practical, example driven guidance on how to leverage syndication when publishing documents on the web. The basic goal is to synthesize previous work done by the W3C EGovernment Interest Group and work done at the University of California on behalf of the Sunlight Foundation: Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web and Web Services for Recovery.gov.


These are some of the things that we've informally talked about covering.

  • why syndication? an overview of how syndication is used generally on the web, and some specific/compelling egov use cases
  • brief history of syndication, and why atom
  • atom basics: feed, entry
  • real live examples to copy: both .gov and .com
  • tool ecosystem (validation, readers, writers, etc)
  • feed paging
  • archiving
  • extensibility: layering in other namespaces
  • publishing deletes with Tombstones
  • read/write with atompub


  • Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
  • Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>