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Blog Policies

Posted by Brian Kelly on 20 March 2007

I was interested to see that the Blog Policy for this blog (and the rationale behind it and how it can be applied elsewhere) has been picked up and adopted by the Blogging@UoD blog (“A Blog on blogging in Higher & Further Education from the University of Derby”).

I would expect to see further developments in this, as universities, libraries, etc. begin to make greater use of blogs to support their activities. It would be interesting, therefore, to see how such policies shape up, and to observe patterns in their approaches.

Feel free, therefore, to include links to policies you come across or have developed, as comments to this posting.

In addition, I’d suggest that the tag “blog-policies” is used to tag postings on this subject, to enable the postings to be found more easily in search engines such as Technorati (I notice, incidentally, that Technorati currently finds 43 postings using this tag).

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2 Responses to “Blog Policies”

  1. Hi Brian,

    I think that what’s most interesting about your blog policy is that which is omitted:

    – There’s no explicit commitment to the long-term archival of the blog (c.f. Cool URIs, etc), although there is an implicit suggestion that postings will remain unless they are removed in exception circumstances.

    – There’s no mention of dissemination policy, particularly that relating to the license that you may give your readers to further disseminate your posts (this contrasts with your admirable stance on CC licensing your presentations, by the way). The assumption I would make here is that in the absence of explicit permission, redistribution is implicitly prohibited.

    – There’s no explicit statement of the authority of your blog. It may provide you with “an opportunity for me to ‘think out loud'”, but it isn’t clear to me whether you’re thinking with your official JISC W3C representative hat on or not.

    The next step (the one that particularly interests me) is how one would go about representing such policies in a machine-understandable format, perhaps in a similar way to CC, to facilitate the automatic mediation of blog entries is a more sophisticated manner than current RSS approaches allow.

    Nick

  2. Hi Nick – Thanks for the comments. In response: (a) I will seek to ensure that the blog postings (and comments) are available over an extended period of time; (b) oops, yes I know I should have a Creative Commons logo for this blog and (c) the views expressed in this blog are mine and no not reflect any official position.

    I’ll update the blog at some point to clarify these points.

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on how such policies might be represented in a machine-readable way. I have, for example, taken an XML dump of the contents of the blog and will be looking for ways of (a) automating this process and (b) recreating the blog elsewhere in case of problems. I wonder if, for example, the location of the blog at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ should be described as “the current location of this blog”, allowing for redirection in case it moves.

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