OPML Irish Directory

I’ve been tinkering around with OPMLManager.com on suggestion from James Corbett of the Eirepreneur blog and have decided to make my contribution to the Open Irish Directory by managing a node on Irish Film.

So now you’ll think

  • What the hell is OPML?
  • What is the Open Irish Directory
  • What the hell is a node?

So here goes!

    OPMLOPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) is an XML format for outlines. Originally developed by Radio UserLand as a native file format for an outliner application, it has since been adopted for other uses, the most common being to exchange lists of RSS feeds between RSS aggregators.

    The OPML specification defines an outline as a hierarchical, ordered list of arbitrary elements. The specification is fairly open which makes it suitable for many types of list data.


    OPML Manager is simply brilliant. As in simple and brilliant. The simplicity is deceptive because its a very powerful enabler. Not only is it a web-based, AJAX enabled OPML editor but, crucially, it’s an OPML host. That means that anyone can now contribute a node to an open directory project like indiePodder or the Open Irish Directory

    Open Irish Directory

    OID is a directory of all things Irish, and open in the sense that anyone can contribute to it. Think of it as a catalog of links, hierarchical, with individuals managing the nodes (sub categories of links) and their content (the actual links). Check it out.

Anyway… go check it out!


  1. keith bohanna November 17, 2005 at 11:01 am

    Nice one Ken – look forward to watching Irish Film develop under your wing!


  2. Ken November 17, 2005 at 11:07 am

    Nice to get in on this kind of thing even to see how it all works and comes together!

  3. James Corbett November 17, 2005 at 12:11 pm

    Welcome aboard Ken and thanks for the great explanation of OPML which has certainly been lacking on my blog. So I’m going to link to this one! 🙂

  4. Ken November 17, 2005 at 12:27 pm

    No worries James, you’re most welcome, good (for me anyway) to be exploring developments like these!

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