The Murmurations Plugin is a new way to manage directories and maps.
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People often want to map the organisations in their sectors. But maps and directories which rely on people adding data to centralised databases are always out of date – because organisations move, change their web address or other details, and forget to update the directory.
The problems with centralised maps and directories include:
• Large amounts of manual effort required to identify and enter the information
• Difficulties sharing data between similar or overlapping maps and directories
• Difficulties keeping data up to date
• Organisations are required to update data on multiple platforms
• Fragmented, incomplete and outdated data frequently disappoints searchers
Centralised maps and directories can never be updated often enough to keep them relevant. Until now….
Rather than creating centralised data sets, The Murmurations Plugin makes it easy for Organisations to host data about themselves on their own web sites.
The data is structured in a way that it can be automatically ‘crawled’ and aggregated, based on specific filterable criteria, so that directories and maps are automatically updated about an organisation from a single authoritative source. That source being the organisation itself!
Data can be updated in one place, through the admin interface of the plugin on an organisation’s own website.
A standard protocol enables multiple directories and maps to be created from the same underlying data architecture.
The plugin makes use of existing solutions and protocols for machine-readable data, including RSS, RDF, JSON-LD, and schema.org
As more organisations install the plugin the increasing body of data reveals overlaps and synergies which are currently hidden.
The Murmations Plugin helps organisations share their content further and faster with less effort.
Instead of publishing multiple entries and posts on several different directories and platforms, The Murmurations Plugin pushes an organisations’ profile and posts out to the wider internet automatically, making it easier to be found.
When you install The Murmurations Plugin your latest content is automatically indexed, making it available to multiple aggregators, directories and maps without the need to create multiple listings and posts on other sites.
The Murmurations Plugin places control back in the hands of the user – so publishers can manage their data on their own websites and relax in the knowledge that their updates are reflected elsewhere on the web.
The Murmurations Plugin makes sharing simple again.
The data architecture
The protocol is based on the schema.org specifications for data about an organisation.
The Murmurations Plugin
The Murmurations Plugin automatically gathers data about an organisation from information already stored in a site’s database – with optional fields for a few extra details. The initial plugin is built for WordPress but versions will be provided for other popular Content Management Systems, such as Drupal, in the future.
The Murmurations Index
The Plugin ‘pings’ The Murmurations Index as soon as it’s installed and whenever the user updates their data, so the Index is kept up to date.
The Index keeps a record of the latest data from every organisation that has installed the Murmurations Plugin.
Anyone wishing to build maps or directories for their sector can aggregate and filter content from the Murmurations Index.
If you are interested in mapping or listing the organisations in your specific sector or region we can help you deploy an aggregator.
The White Paper
Read more about the Murmurations project:
Problems with existing mapping projects and directories,
the Murmarations approach, the data architecture, schemas and add-on schemas, and the questions and challenges for the project.
Feedback is requested!
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We are especially interested to hear from organisations within the solidarity / mutual aid / collaborative / cooperative economy who share our ambitions to reveal the synergies within our movement – and would be interested in collaboration.