FluidInfo, the openly writable shared metadata for everything, may have received the push that could catapult it to mainstream adoption among developers. O’Reilly, the leading technical publisher has just published its books and authors information into FluidInfo and declared open a Developer contest that invites developers to the first of its kind “Writable API” competition using the FluidDB API.
Announcing the Writable API competition, Terry Jones explained why this completion was different from other API competions due to the fact that the underlying data was open and writable by all. O’Reilly has gone ahead and populated its books and authors information, the same data available via its readable O’Reilly Product Metadata Interface API, into the FluidInfo database. These objects have been tagged with more than 30 attributes like author, publishing data, title and cross related information like Amazon price, url and so on. The contest thus invites developers to do any of the following:
A little primer of FluidInfo might be useful here. At a high level, a FluidInfo Object can represent anything you want, an example is a ProgrammableWeb article. ProgrammableWeb can now add tags under its domain like author, date published, category and so on. The meta information need not end there. Keeping with its philosophy of giving every user a voice, you can add your own tags to that particular ProgrammableWeb article. For example, you can mention if you liked it, or have read it or have some related links to it and so on. This is the underlying notion of a writeable API, where the data is constantly being worked and augmented by users. Coupled with a powerful and intuitive query API, FluidInfo really opens up a way for you to extract interesting data and mashups from all these relationships.
To participate in the O’Reilly Writable API contest, follow these steps:
The competition runs from March 21, 2011 to April 10, 2011. The contest is open to legal residents of 50 United States and District of Columbia. The 1st prize is an all expenses paid trip to the OSCON conference to be held in Portland, Oregon on July 25-29, 2011. The 2nd prize is choice of either a 3G iPad 2 or Xoom Tablet. The 3rd prize is $500 worth of O’Reilly ebooks and/or videos. The winners will be announced in early May. See O’Reilly’s site for complete rules.