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Question regarding End-to-end inforamtion management

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:39 pm
by tina
Hello,

i'm still a bit confusing about your End-to-end inforamtion management.
1. Retrieve information from any data source - you mean even if the the contents are in Non-RSS or Non-XML format can be "subscribed" into Awasu and view it as a RSS feed?
2. Have access to all the information in the feeds - not clear about this function, what exactly does it do? is it for developer?
3. Analyze and respond to the information as it comes in - so this is Awasu Channel Hooks function, and when you say "monitor the incoming data, analyze and act upon it", how does it analyze and act? do you mean when i receive a notice, Awasu will analyze its format or content and send it to for example, my mobile phone?

As for AwasuWiki, can anybody edit it or upload written application to it?

Thank you very much for your help

Re: Question regarding End-to-end inforamtion management

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:53 pm
by support
tina wrote:1. Retrieve information from any data source - you mean even if the the contents are in Non-RSS or Non-XML format can be "subscribed" into Awasu and view it as a RSS feed?

Yes, that's correct. Plugin channels can be written that retrieve the information from wherever it may be (e.g. a database, a web page, a web service) and convert it into a feed that Awasu can use.

tina wrote:2. Have access to all the information in the feeds - not clear about this function, what exactly does it do? is it for developer?

Publishhers often embed additional information into their feeds e.g. microformats are becoming very popular, or a company might publish feeds for internal use that contain extra information that is only relevant to them. Most feed readers will only recognize the standard RSS stuff, but Awasu lets you get at <i>all</i> the information in the feed.

tina wrote:3. Analyze and respond to the information as it comes in - so this is Awasu Channel Hooks function, and when you say "monitor the incoming data, analyze and act upon it", how does it analyze and act? do you mean when i receive a notice, Awasu will analyze its format or content and send it to for example, my mobile phone?

That's correct. Channel hooks are small programs that get run when things happen e.g. new items are received on a channel. This program can then do what it wants e.g. send an email, record the new items in a database, etc. Awasu comes with some of these hooks pre-installed, there are more up on the wiki, and you can write your own.

tina wrote:As for AwasuWiki, can anybody edit it or upload written application to it?

Yes. There are restrictions on what you can upload but if your script is short, you can just post it directly on the wiki. Otherwise, if you send us a ZIP file, we'll upload it for you and people can download it that way.

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:19 am
by kevotheclone
tina wrote:do you mean when i receive a notice, Awasu will analyze its format or content and send it to for example, my mobile phone?


Absolutely! This is something that Awasu does "right out of the box". I have plenty of plain old feeds that I'm monitoring in Awasu, and plenty of Search Channels which actively search for specific keywords and phrases. When one of my Search Channels finds content that I'm interested in the Send Mail Channel Hook emails the info to my cell phone. You can define the email options on a Channel-by-Channel basis, so some things go to your cell phone, some things could go to one of your email accounts, to a friend or family member's phone, whatever you want!

Regarding "...all the information in the feeds..."
The extra embedded information that publishers add to ATOM/RSS feeds. Awasu comes with many of these "Metadata modules" built in, that extract this extra information such as microformats and itunes information, but it's fairly easy to create your own. I'm just a plain old Awasu user and I've created a couple of Metadata Modules that extract extra earthquake info (I'm in California, earthquake country) embedded in feeds and added them to Awasu's wiki: http://www.awasu.com/wiki/Extensions#Metadata_modules
I don't know of any other product that makes this extra information available.

Awasu takes a little time to fully grasp all of it's possibilities, but it's not that big of a learning curve and I'm sure you will benefit from using Awasu.

There must be one million reasons to love Awasu! :drevil: