Hear Ye

Unsurprisingly, Jerry Goldman is an early adopter. I used to work with Jerry at Northwestern University, and he always liked to be on the “bleeding edge.” So far he’s the only person who turns up in my iChat AV buddy list with an AV-enabled icon. I just had my first voice conversation with someone over iChat and it works pretty well. The sound quality was at least as good as on the phone. Pretty cool. The phone companies should be scared.
Anyway, Jerry let me know that his name is up in lights. The Oyez project, which is one of the things we worked on (although somehow my name has fallen off the “About Oyez” page). At the time, we set up the system to provide oral arguments held before the US Supreme Court via streaming RealAudio. Keeping up with the times, Oyez recently began serving arguments as MP3 files. Since they are sharing them using a Creative Commons license, the CC people published an interview with Jerry.
I’m also happy to see that they’ve implemented a couple of RSS feeds of information from the project:

Oyez RSS Feeds

The Oyez Project has published RSS feeds of Oyez content that may be of interest to Internet users. To obtain an RSS feed that is updated daily of happenings in the Supreme Court on the current day, visit


For those who would like an RSS feed of the news stories that Oyez collects and aggregates for view on the Oyez front page, that feed is available at


although the only place the reference the links is on the “features” page, so you could miss them.

Also a cool idea, they provide an iCalendar calendar of the court’s session.

4 thoughts on “Hear Ye

  1. (I also used to work on this project, once upon a long time ago.)

    What Joe failed to mention is that the original idea of using RSS feeds in Oyez belongs to him. He had the idea back before I even knew what the acronym stood for. The cool thing about RSS usage on oyez.org is that they’re “first class” feeds that drive the content of the front page directly (an idea I got from the now-mostly-defunct Apache Jetspeed.) Unfortunately the aggregator I’m using seems to have trouble with the feeds…

    I’m really glad to see MP3 publishing of the arguments under CC licensing. Bravo!

  2. Actually, Jetspeed isn’t defunct, although I could see why it might look that way. They don’t really make their website clear for outsiders. However, the main Jetspeed page in the Apache wiki was updated a few months ago, and Jetspeed 1.4b4 was released at the end of April.

    Apparently, Jetspeed is the core of IBM’s WebSphere portal, and it is part of the horribly slow JSR-168 process to standardize Portlets. It may or may not be the reference implementation for that JSR, if that JSR is ever actually released. (The vote log for the recent community review reveals some of the inner turmoil of that JSR…)

    I like the idea of Jetspeed, but I have to admit that the idea of learning Turbine is kind of like the idea of learning C++. Fine in theory, but it hasn’t seemed worth the effort yet. It would be cool if there were a “model” layer that was more cleanly decoupled from the view/controller, but if you look at Jetspeed code, Turbine dependencies are all through it.

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