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INTRO This is a project to define a standard for snow reports or ski conditions data, and build some supporting applications and materials. DESCRIPTION Every ski resort has a conditions page, and they all have the same data on them, but each one has it's own unique HTML markup that is not easy for developers to use. The resorts want this data out there, but they don't have it in a developer-friendly format. RSS seems like an obvious choice for publishing periodically updated data on the web. There are lots of good tools for working with RSS in various languages, and most developers have worked with it before. But it turns out to be an uncomfortable fit of shoe-horning runs, lifts and weather into a format designed for articles. Fortunately, included in the RSS v2 spec was a way to extend it to include data beyond the basic format. BlogChannel from the RSS inventor, iTunes podcasts through Apple, Yahoo's popular media extensions, Digg's (defunct?) feed, and many, others have taken advantage of name spaces to extend RSS. On this project we will define an RSS v2 extension/namespace to accomodate ski resort snow reports data. TODO In the short time we have, I would like to accomplish as many of the following as possible: Define the namespace - Could use help from anyone with XML or standards-writing experience, or any extra eyes really. DONE Create sample RSS documents - Create a couple example resorts and phony RSS documents for their conditions. DONE Write documentation of each tag - Anyone could help with the DONE Create a Logo or Badge in the style of the RSS button, so resorts can tag their conditions pages DONE Create an xmlns page - Just some HTML with the documentation, example and logo. DONE Create a PHP class for resorts to use to help publish their conditions. Create example apps to consume the conditions feeds, such as: - A conditions aggregator web site - A conditions phone app - A snow report, weather, road conditions mashup - Fresh powder alerts by SMS Coders, web/graphic designers, writers, etc welcome to help.