RSS Advisory Board

Matthew Bookspan Joins RSS Advisory Board

Matthew Bookspan, the director of product management for the RSS aggregator developer Attensa, has joined the RSS Advisory Board.

Bookspan worked at Microsoft for nine years and was part of the company's team for Internet Explorer versions 3 and 4. His experience with web content syndication goes back to Microsoft's Channel Definition Format (CDF), an early attempt to foster XML-based content sharing that predates RSS.

He worked on user experience for Microsoft's Windows, Office and SQL Server software and holds several patents for software design. He's a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Welcome to the board, Matthew!

Jason Shellen, Jake Savin Join RSS Advisory Board

The RSS Advisory Board has two new members: Jason Shellen, the product manager of Google Reader and a former strategist for the company that created Blogger, and Jake Savin, the lead developer at UserLand Software.

Jason Shellen has spent three years at Google since the company acquired Blogger developer Pyra Labs.

First launched in October 2005, Google Reader is a free web-based aggregator that reads Really Simple Syndication and all of the other syndication formats, supporting item sharing, tagging, an application programming interface and other features.

Shellen's also a member of the PayPal Developers Network Advisory Board and the Social Software Alliance.

Jake Savin has developed software since 2000 for UserLand, so he's been a part of the company during the four years that it published Really Simple Syndication and helped popularize the format.

He's the cocreator of the weblog publishing tools Manila and Radio UserLand, two of the first commercial programs to support RSS, and a content management system for the publisher of MacWeek, MacWorld and MacCentral magazines.

Savin's also a professional musician who runs a mobile recording studio in Dallas that publishes some of its work as podcasts.

Welcome aboard!

Vote: Board Expands to 15 Members

The proposal to expand the RSS Advisory Board to 15 members has passed 6-0, with board members Meg Hourihan, Jenny Levine, Eric Lunt, Randy Charles Morin, Greg Smith and myself voting in favor.

This proposal revises the charter to expand the board and permit deliberations on new members to take place privately, rather than on the mailing list RSS-Board.

The board is an independent organization formed in 2003 that publishes the Really Simple Syndication specification, helps developers create RSS applications and works to broaden public understanding of the format.

If you are involved in RSS as a publisher, programmer, educator or executive and you'd be interested in joining, please contact board chairman Rogers Cadenhead.

Proposal: Expand the Advisory Board

The following RSS Advisory Board proposal has been made by Randy Charles Morin and seconded by Greg Smith.

Under the board charter, this begins a seven-day discussion period so any interested parties can comment on the proposal. (The best place to comment is on the mailing list RSS-Public.)

When that ends, the board will have seven days to vote on it.


In order to facilitate new members of the board being chosen, I propose the following two changes.

Change item 1 of the charter to:

1. The board has up to 15 members.

Change item 4 of the charter to:

4. All actions of the board (except the election of new members) take place on the RSS-Board mailing list, where posting is limited to members but messages can be read by the public.

Vote: Greg Smith Joins the Board

The proposal to add Greg Smith to the RSS Advisory Board has passed 4-0, with board members Meg Hourihan, Jenny Levine, Randy Charles Morin and myself voting in favor.

Smith is the developer of FeederReader, an RSS aggregator and podcasting client for mobile Windows devices. The software was launched in August 2004 and received a "best software" nomination from Pocket PC Magazine in 2005. He's also a contributor to the book Podcasting Hacks.

Welcome aboard, Greg!

RSS News

The companies iUpload, PRWeb and Pheedo are hosting a free RSS Roundtable dinner in San Francisco on April 27 for up to 40 guests. Topics include "how we can increase the rate of RSS adoption among information consumers."

The vote has begun on the proposal to modify the charter and expand the RSS Advisory Board to 15 members.

Sean Lyndersay of Microsoft's Internet Explorer team posed a question to the RSS-Public mailing list: What's the preferred MIME type for RSS feeds?

A new draft of the RSS Profile has been published.

Advisory board member Jenny Levine offers her thoughts on RSS icons.