Channel and item titles

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It may be that the specification underdetermines channel and item titles more than is advisible. Here are some questions about further specification.

Channel titles

One question is whether we wish to include layers. Titles that display a hierarchy might include:

         - NY Fed: news
         - NY Fed: news: markets

or

         - NY Fed: speeches
         - NY Fed: speeches: Geithner

Alternatively, we could have only one layer:

         - NY Fed: news
         - NY Fed: market news

and

         - NY Fed: speeches
         - NY Fed: Geithner

or

         - NY Fed: speeches
         - NY Fed: Geithner speeches

Each of these options seems equally accessible to a human reader, even in the variation in which the word 'speeches' is not used to indicate speeches by Tim Geithner. Is there a benefit for machine processing to one or the other?

Note that the channel titles are lower case, with the exception of the one proper noun. Item titles, below, begin with upper case. This is a convention we may (or may not) wish to adopt.

Item titles

We have concluded that channel titles will not included with item titles, nor will institutional prefixes. Titles will simply be the titles of the items, with institutional and other channel information available elsewhere. Thus:

         - Head of Markets Group to Leave New York Fed
         - Workshop on Money and Payments

An aggregator should use channel information to group feeds from an individual site.

We may still wish to use prefixes in item titles, but as part of the item title itself, with no institutional information. Thus:

         - Geithner: Global Economic and Financial
             Integration: Some Implications for Central Banking

In this example, the title includes a colon. Should this be used as a delimiter, we may wish to avoid using it within content. A solution would be:

         - Geithner: "Global Economic and Financial
             Integration: Some Implications for Central Banking"