Bridging the Clickable and Data Webs

Over the last few years, I’ve been the Creative Commons representative to the World Wide Web Consortium (w3c). This means that I work with a bunch of great folks on web standards, specifically trying to define solutions that will help Creative Commons. Since 2005, I’ve led a w3c task force on RDFa, which is a standard to help you add extra markup to your web pages to make them more easily machine-readable. The idea is that, if your browser can recognize the title, authors, copyright license and many other attributes of a web page, then it can be a lot more useful in helping you navigate the vast amount of data that exists on the web. I like to call this “bridging the clickable and data webs.”

Last month, Creative Commons held a tech summit where I presented ccREL, the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language. This is a new recommendation by Creative Commons on how to mark up the rights under which you distribute online content, and it’s heavily based on RDFa. And since it was held at Google with their professional video editing staff, there’s a great video of the whole thing.

If you like the technical stuff, here I am, talking about ccREL and RDFa (about seven-and-a-half minutes in):