[amsat-bb] Re: rss feed
kd8atu at gmail.com
Sun Apr 12 10:57:05 PDT 2009
If the data were complete and kept reasonably up-to-date (new launches added and dead birds removed within a few days), this would be EXCELLENT. I'm all for it. Would be nice to throw a script together to update the Predict DB and sat list automatically on each startup...
On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 13:38:55 -0400
Joseph Armbruster <josepharmbruster at gmail.com> wrote:
> The purpose of this email is to find out if anyone at Amsat would be
> interested in a satellite status rss feed.
> I am reasonably new to Amsat (and sat stuffs) and thought it would be
> useful to have satellite summary and mode data available in an xml
> format. I felt RSS combined with some custom amsat tags would be a good
> fit. It would essentially be a regular rss feed (xml file) that will be
> extended with some amsat specific tags for satellite summary and mode
> data. This data could then be used by the community for obtaining
> satellite status updates if they'd like. This would definitely be a
> nice resource for anyone in the community, especially developers.
> To date, i've mentioned the idea to Andrew G and David J and both have
> seemed open to have open arms to the idea (Andrew / David, correct me if
> i'm wrong :-)) I wanted to open this idea up to others at Amsat.org in
> order to get more input.
> There are probably quite a few challenges here, including:
> A) Determining where all the sat status data originates and figuring out
> how it should all be aggregated
> Notes: Andrew indicated there is quite a bit of manual work that takes
> place to obtain this data and make it available on amsat.org. I haven't
> solved this problem, I still need to do my homework here :-)
> B) Determining the format of the amsat specific tags to be used in the xml
> Notes: I mentioned the idea to Andrew G. and David J briefly over email
> and started proposing some ideas. I attached a sample rss xml file to
> this email. This is by no means comprehensive or complete, but simply
> exists to provide some insight into what the custom tags could
> potentially look like. If i've left anything out that may be of
> interest, please let me know.
> C) Getting all the data into the RSS feed to start out
> Notes: I created a python script that walks through all the amsat.org
> satellite status pages and scrapes the summary and mode data. It then
> aggregates it all into a text file for now. I can very easily use a
> template engine to get this data into the rss xml format, once it's
> agreed upon. This should drastically reduce the amount of effort to get
> this feed started.
> To give everyone on the list an idea of what i'm talking about here I
> attached both the sample rss file and status.txt file generated by my
> script. The status.txt file as I mentioned is just what the "scraped
> out" data looks like. This file would then be translated into the final
> rss xml format to get things started. If you have any questions or
> comments, do not hesitate to contact me. The main question I would like
> to have answered by the community are:
> 1) Is anyone in the community interested in an rss feed like this?
> 2) Would anyone have a use for sat summary, mode and keps data being
> provided in such a way?
> Let me know,
> Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO
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