May 08, 2006 Supports ROR Sitemaps

Web development software maker has just added support for ROR Sitemaps in its very popular SiteXpert tool.

With SiteXpert you can quickly create a variety of cross-browser navigation systems without having to worry about compatibility between browsers, no HTML / JavaScript knowledge required. You can also create a search engine (hosted by your own web server or for CDROM distribution). The program will automatically crawl through your web site or local disk in search for documents. SiteXpert comes with 10 navigation system types and hundreds of graphical schemes.

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March 07, 2006

Convert a Froogle feed into a ROR feed

We are pleased to announce that the ROR Feed Generator can now automatically convert your Froogle feed into a ROR product feed.

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January 20, 2006

Announcing the project

We are happy to introduce the project.

The project is a metadata dictionary that anyone can edit. Its goal is to build a coherent evolving metadata dictionary for describing anything, by combining new and existing object metadata.

The ROR project will use as a platform for developing and sharing ideas with people and other metadata initiatives.

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January 03, 2006

ROR Feed Generator enhanced

The new version of the ROR Feed Generator is now available ( ). You can now create any kind of ROR feed with it:

- product feed
- article feed
- review feed
- job feed
- classifieds feed
- event feed
- real estate property feed
- [your-object-here] feed.


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December 28, 2005

ROR is 1 year old

Wow, what a great first year! Thanks to all of you who've helped us spread the word, ROR is really taking off! The list of ROR providers is growing very rapidly with some very popular names in it. We think next year will be a huge year for ROR, as more people become aware of its benefits.

Happy holidays!

- The ROR team

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December 21, 2005

ROR Sitemaps readable by ALL search engines

We had been wanting to do this for some time. We have just enhanced the ROR Sitemap Generator so that it can generate ROR Sitemaps compatible with the RSS format. Unlike Google Sitemaps, ROR Sitemaps can now be found and read by ALL search engines, not just Google.

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xFX JumpStart's DHTML Menu Builder supports ROR

We are very pleased to announce that the popular menu software company xFX JumpStart has integrated the ROR technology into its DHTML Menu Builder product. DHTML Menu Builder can generate menus by reading ROR files.

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December 02, 2005

ROR Suggest - add your own object types

You can now suggest your own object types and properties to the ROR vocabulary.

Got some objects to describe that are not yet documented in ROR? No problem, use this form to suggest them.

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November 28, 2005's new SEO Toolkit supports ROR

We are pleased to announce that the SEO Toolkit 2.0 from supports the ROR format.

Trellian's SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Toolkit includes everything you need to optimize and promote your web pages, to increase your web site traffic and search engine visibility.

Trellian is also known for its popular search engine submission software SubmitWolf.

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November 23, 2005

Google Base vs ROR

As most of you have probably heard by now, Google last week officially launched Google Base, a service allowing anyone to submit structured information to Google.

Aside from the fact that Google Base looks strikingly similar to ROR, we think these kinds of services and formats will change the face of the Internet, especially now that Google is embracing the concept. Finally the Internet is no longer just about text and searching for keywords, it is now also about data and meaning, and searching for complex information. See also the March 3rd issue of the AddMe Newsletter: Help Search Engines Get Smarter!

But there is also a big philosophical difference between Google Base and ROR. Unlike ROR, Google will not share that huge amount of data with the rest of the Web (search engines, applications, etc); Google wants you to submit it directly to them, they'll even host your data for free, if needed. It's as if the only way to submit a website to Google was to upload all the pages stored on your computer, instead of just submitting the URL. This 180-degree turn is alarming to say the least, especially coming from Google. Could this approach mean that soon searching Google will really mean, well, searching Google Base, not the Internet? Hmmm!

The trick.... is to make sure that each limited mechanical part of the Web, each application, is within itself composed of simple parts that will never get too powerful.

A quote from Tim Berners-Lee, Weaving The Web

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