The cross-fertilisation between GM oilseed rape, a brassica, and a distantly related plant, charlock, had been discounted as virtually impossible by scientists with the environment department. It was found during a follow up to the government's three-year trials of GM crops which ended two years ago... The scientists also collected seeds from other weeds in the oilseed rape field and grew them in the laboratory. They found that two - both wild turnips - were herbicide resistant. The five scientists from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the government research station at Winfrith in Dorset, placed their findings on the department's website last week.
* a way of thinking about data
* design principles for formats
* adapted to current behaviors and usage patterns (“Pave the cow paths.”)
* highly correlated with semantic XHTML, AKA the real world semantics, AKA lowercase semantic web, AKA lossless XHTML
* a set of simple open data format standards that many are actively developing and implementing for more/better structured blogging and web microcontent publishing in general.
* “An evolutionary revolution”
* all the above.
microformats are not:
* a new language
* infinitely extensible and open-ended
* an attempt to get everyone to change their behavior and rewrite their tools
* a whole new approach that throws away what already works today
* a panacea for all taxonomies, ontologies, and other such abstractions
* defining the whole world, or even just boiling the ocean
* any of the above
Thing of it as a structured way to embed semantic information (e.g. calendaring details) into into standard HTML4 markup and you're half way there. More background info available at Phil Windley's Technometria.
York Times. Why does this sound familiar? Maybe because
the suit was also back in February 2005, September 2004, June 2004, March 2004, September 2003, November 2002, April 2002, and February 2002.
From Paul Graham.