The World Wide Web Consortium, aka W3C, yesterday launched an Incubator Activity initiative to help spur the discovery of new web-related technologies.
The initiative promises a streamlined process for Web developers to develop interesting and possibly controversial ideas that are not clear candidates for standardization, said a W3C statement.
The first Incubator group will look at content labels and includes Vodafone and Yahoo. The group’s goal is to find a way of making any number of assertions about a resource or group of resources. In order to be trustworthy, the label containing those assertions should be testable in some way through automated means.
In other words, the researchers hope to make it easy for content providers to publish specific characteristic data about their material. This would enable search engines and aggregators to validate the data somehow and personalize end-user content.
The group expects to publish two documents within one year.