Where is David Winer when you really need him? The reason I ask is because he was recently named the 16th most powerful person in IT this year. No doubt in part because of his work of going into all the WWW and baptizing diciples in the name of XML-RPC. Something I wish he’d do for those running large Christian-related media outlets such as Crosswalk and Gospelcom, as well as major resources for Biblical publishing such as the International Bible Society and the American Bible Society.
Winer? Whining? Whatever! I personally feel that we as Christians are once behind the curve when it comes to things Internet. In this case, those of us running church web sites and intranets are stuck with having to resort to some dated mechanism, such as my VerseScraper, to access syndicated materials. I feel so strongly about this issue that yesterday I took time to e-mail the aforementioned organizations along with a few others. 24 hours later, still no response. As an example, here is what I sent to the good people a the BibleGateway:
That said, what I would truly like to see – and write about – a tool such as the BibleGateway delivered in XML formats. Better yet, to provide access to your translations via an application-programming interface (API) similar to those offered by Google (http://www.google.com/apis) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/webservices).
Does the BibleGateway.com offer such a web service? If not, do you have one in the works? If not, would you give it consideration? Such a system would not only be a great aid for church web sites providing compelling content, but an excellent means of marketing for both the International Bible Society and BibleGateway.com since none-such service exists and because such APIs get massive technical press attention.
I suppose I could have worded the letter better. But when I’ve written properly in the past, I’ve generally been ignored as a sales person. I’m hoping some manager is compelled to hand this over to someone who speaks geek for translation. From there, hopefully my brother/sister-in-arms will handle the rest of the pitch from the inside.
I’ll keep you posted on what happens, though don’t hold your breath. What will more than likely happen is that I’ll either hear from a lawyer about the VerseScrape. Or I’ll recieve an e-mail from a nice low-to-mid-level person who doesn’t have a clue of what I’m talking about, who will apologize and then go on to pitch me their latest ad campaign. Pray that I’m wrong.