Link relations – adding meaning and value to URLs
The new Web linking standard RFC5988, is interesting and very useful. Every standard that adds semantic meaning to information (via metadata) and relations is a good thing. I have previously written about the importance of information and metadata and URLs and this standard connects the information and the links through metadata!
I found out about this on ReadWriteWeb a month ago in an article written by Marshall Kirkpatrick, ”Web Linking Gets Deeper with New Standard for Link Relations”.
This standard is something we will have to add very soon to our content management systems (via the URL-service). This standard is valuable especially for the search engine when indexing and deciding relevance. The standard also adds value to the semlink service (documentation in swedish only, english information coming) we will add to the Web Content Management (WCM) system in Q1 next year. The semlink service will be implemented as a tool for our editors and as a ”related information” facet in our search interface. In the WCM the tool will give the editors a suggestion of ”related articles” to the article they are currently working on.
The web linking standard adds meaning to the links themselves. If we add the functionality to the WCM and give meaning to all links then the web linking standard and it’s link relation types can be used by:
- The search engine when indexing
- The Semlink service for suggesting related information
- The URL-service for giving the link a status value, ie for archived information
In the end this gives the information on our intranet additional meaning when it is presented in context with other related information. Going semantic web is the next step for the information flow on our intranet. It will happen in 2011.
What’s your take on this? As always I would appreciate feedback via comments, twitter etc.