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Even though there are existing project formats, the projecta format MUST be developed because there is no established project format and it will enable decentralized development of projects.



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In General

The projecta format documents practical (how-you-can-do) projects. Where possible field names have been chosen based on those defined by the related hCard, hAtom, hCalendar, and hRecipe.


The projecta schema consists of the following elements:

Field details

The fields of the projecta schema represent the following:


The title of a single project. The formatted name of what the projecta documents.


The summary provides a short introduction to or an accompanying statement about the project.


The person who authored the project.


The date the project was published.


A keyword indicating a subject or an important aspect of the project like it's main requirement, type of project etc.


Accompanying image.


Describes one or more requirements of the project.


Documents the instructions required to complete the project.


The time it takes to complete the project described by the projecta. Multiple duration fields can be used to denote time taken per instruction.

<div class="projecta">
	<h3 class="fn">Germinating Seeds</h3>
	<p class="summary">
		How to germinate seeds in potting mix.<br />
	<p class="vcard fn">Derek Lewis</p>
	<p>Published <abbr class="published" title="2009-03-28T09:30-11:00">28. Mar 2009</abbr></p>
	<img src="/img/seed.png" class="photo" width="100" height="100" alt="Seed"/>
	<ul class="requirement">
		<li>Container(s) (With drain holes)</li>
		<li>Potting Mix</li>
		<li>Fresh Water</li>
		<li>A Light Source</li>
	<ol class="instructions">
		<li>Loosen and dampen the potting mix.</li>
		<li>Fill 2/3 of each container(s) with potting mix.</li>
		<li>Put seed(s) in container with potting mix.</li>
		<li>Sprinkle a few drops of water over of the seed(s). (Remember to repeat this once potting mix becomes dry.)</li>
		<li>Place container under light source.</li>

Format Development

Further development is based on your feedback.

Project Type

There are two [types] of project page as I see it - the abstract (name of the project, description, goals, who's in charge, related web pages, etc) and the practical (name of the project, step by step how it can be achieved).

The former overlaps with hCard / hDOAP; the latter with hRecipe (though hRecipe only suitable for a limited subset). There is very little common ground.

The World Bank site and CORDIS are examples of the former - what are the goals of the project? who is taking part? who is funding it? how much will it cost? But they don't give you step-by-step instructions for how to carry out the project in your own home in your spare time. And you won't expect them to.

The knitting site, and recipes are different. The goals are not explicitly stated; no time frame is given (I could knit a poncho tomorrow, or maybe in a few years' time). The focus is on the step by step documentation of how it can be done, so that you can replicate the project yourself. -Toby


Rather than creating a large format that encompases both here's-how-you-can-do-it-at-home projects and here's-what-we're-doing projects, there is probably more value in creating two small formats, the former as perhaps an evolution of hRecipe and the latter as perhaps an extension to hCard.

The hRecipe evolution could be called "hInstructions" - which would semantically separate it from the abstract term. It could, instead of an instructions class have multiple "step" classes each with their own media. It would encompass any description of how to complete a project, including recipes. Perhaps tag could be used to categorize the instruction?--Allansideas 03:51, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

hCard could be extended, for example, by defining goal, benefactor (containing an embedded hCard) and beneficiary (containing an embedded hCard) classes, and borrowing the due class from hCalendar.

<div class="vcard vproject">
  <h3 class="fn org">United Nations Giraffism Project</h3>
  <p class="goal">To cure the people of the world of giraffism,
        a terrible disease that gives people long necks,
        by <span class="due">2018</span>.</p>
  <p>Visit our <a href=""
        class="url">website</a> for more details.</p>


The evolution of hRecipe involves the following:

Remove "Ingredient"
Remove "Yield"
Remove "Nutrition"

Add "Requirement"

As simple as possible.

See Also

See projecta for the result and evolution of these thoughts on a microformat.

project-brainstorming was last modified: Thursday, July 9th, 2009