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Today we are very excited to announce the first public release of URIplay, an open media metadata aggregator. A huge range of great audio and video content is now available online, but the content is fragmented across many different sites and platforms, with little connection between one siloed system and the next. We believe in the generative power of the web, we believe in linked data, and we want to see many ways to browse a full range of media content.
Enter URIplay, which aims to provide a single interface to metadata about audio and video content, built through a community effort. It makes light work of integrating content from a range of sources. Some cool things that you can do with today’s release:
- Access podcasts and YouTube data through the same interface—integrate only once for two sources, with more sources to follow.
- Read data using standard RSS or RDF libraries.
- Get context from Wikipedia, for example a list of everything Aaron Sorkin has made.
- Look items up via their iMDB links (using info from Wikipedia and DBpedia).
- Include data from the live web, via Twitter search. For example, what’s hot on YouTube?
- Subscribe to links in iTunes (e.g., this aggregate podcast made from an OPML file of interesting stuff) and in Miro (e.g., this list of the latest YouTube videos discussed on Twitter—paste it into Miro’s box titled ‘Add Channel’).
- Follow links to other sources of data, such as MOAT and Freebase.
- Diagnose the reasons for any latency—we return a breakdown of what we were doing while your app was waiting.
UPDATE: The code is now available, over on Google CodeDownload as PDF