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Monday, March 09, 2009


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Doug Nebert

I would expect that official feeds from all sources would be registered with Recovery.gov as the 'gold' version of the reports. Scraping for feeds would be unreliable and inconsistent, and feeds may be located on sites that say nothing about recovery.


@doug: currently, as far as you can tell from the outside, reports are handled through the email channel required by the guidelines, and the feeds do not serve any essential function (and they are actually optional according to the initial guidance). having parallel information flows is not a very good idea, and we hope that the email channel will be removed from future versions of the guidelines, and that feeds will become the only channel. we also hope that the guidelines will make reliable feed detection possible, right now this is not possible because it is not possible to reliably find all recovery sites, and even if it were, it is not possible to reliably find all feeds these sites might provide.

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