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Paying Attendees with ESS

Studio 54 Events published with ESS

It doesn’t happen very often, but once in a while there is a n  event   where an attendee is paid for his/her presence. Take for example,  an open call to fill a nightclub in order to film a scene for a movie. Often, productions will take advantage of busy nightclubs to shoot background footage or “B roll” in the case of interviews and documentaries, giving patrons a nominal fee to drink and dance. Not a bad deal right? See below to see how such a sweet offer can be represented in ESS.





The ESS Feed representation

   
      Studio 54 Events Feed
      ESSID:65ca2c92-2c98-068e-390d-543c376f8e7d
      
http://example.com/feed/sample.ess
      2013-06-10T10:55:14Z
      
         Studio 54 Documentary Night Private Event
         EVENTID:4e0ea291-0acc-b222-60bb-dda020ca8664
         http://studio54.com/events/saturday.html
         2013-04-23T00:25:33+02:00
         PRIVATE
         
                  
         
            
               nightclub
            
         
         
            
               Only this night
               2013-10-25T15:30:00Z
               7200
            
         
         
            
               Studio 54
               
254 W 54th St
               New York
               US
            
         
         
            
               Get Paied to Assist to This Documenary
               90
               USD
            
         
      
   

By admin_ess on April 16, 2013 | ESS Scenarios | A comment?
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London College of Osteopathy: A Twice a Month Intensive

Osteo

Every month the London College of Osteopathy offers two intensive classes  of six  hours each filled with anatomy, gerontology, history of osteopathy and physiology leading up to final exams at the end of six months. The classes take place on the first and last Saturdays of every month at the same location. In order to publish these two classes that belong to the same program but are spaced three weeks apart, ESS has a special representation that can be shown as follows: 




The ESS Feed representation

   
      London College of Osteopathy Feeds
      ESSID:65ca2c92-2c98-068e-390d-543c376f8e7d
      
http://example.com/feed/sample.ess
      2013-06-10T10:55:14Z
      
         A Twice a Month Intensive Course
         EVENTID:4e0ea291-0acc-b222-60bb-dda020ca8664
         http://londoncollege.com/events/page.html
         2013-04-23T00:25:33+02:00
         PUBLIC
         
                  
         
            
               University Course
            
         
         
            Osteopathy
            Physiology
            Anatomy
            Gerontology
         
         
            
               Course the first and last Saturdays of every month
               2013-10-25T15:30:00Z
               21600
            
         
         
            
               London College of Osteopathy
               
380 Wellington St. Tower B, 6th Floor
               London
               GB
            
         
      
   

By admin_ess on April 15, 2013 | Why ESS? | A comment?
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Belfast Film Festival: A Series of Strange Settings

Belfast film

The Belfast Film Festival is not often mentioned in the same breath as the Venice, Cannes and Toronto film festivals, but it is certainly one of the most original film fests of its kind. Over the course of two weeks, attendees have the chance to see horror films and thrillers in a wide range of different venues ranging from libraries and parks to cathedrals and grand old movie houses. The prices changes for each events. The show times of each feature are different as are the location and the titles of the films. They belong to the same festival, but they are a series of separate happenings. How does ESS manage it so that they are grouped and aggregated together and how would the publisher go about listing such a series of related events each with a different start time and location? See below to find out.




The ESS Feed representation

   
      Belfast Film Festival Events
      ESSID:65ca2c92-2c98-068e-390d-543c376f8e7d
      
http://belfastfilmfestival.org/feed/films.ess
      2013-06-10T10:55:14Z
      
         First Horror Movie
         EVENTID:4e0ea291-0acc-b222-60bb-dda020ca8664
         http://belfastfilmfestival.org/events/4567FSE/page.html
         2013-04-23T00:25:33+02:00
         PUBLIC
         
                  
         
            
               Horror Movie
               I10            
         
         
            Horror
            Movie
            Belfast
            Festival
         
         
            
               First Representation Date
               2013-10-25T15:30:00Z
               7200
            
         
         
            
               Congress Hall
               
49 Donegall Place
               Belfast
               UK
            
         
         
            
               One Unic Price
               10
               GBP
            
         
      
      
         Second Fantastic Movie
         EVENTID:4e0ea291-0acc-b222-60bb-dda020ca8664
         http://belfastfilmfestival.org/events/45098FSE/page.html
         2013-04-23T00:25:33+02:00
         PUBLIC
         
                  
         
            
               Mistery Movie
               I12            
         
         
            Fantastic
            Mistery
            Suspense
            Movie
            Belfast
            Festival
         
         
            
               Second Representation Date
               2013-12-25T15:30:00Z
               7200
            
         
         
            
               Hotel Hilton
               
4 Lanyon Place
               Belfast
               UK
            
         
         
            
               Reservation VIP
               100
               GBP
            
            
               General Price
               20
               GBP
            
         
      
   

Publishing the Ring Cycle: No Problem with ESS

ring-cycle

Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle is composed of four operas, each staged separately. Most  theatres choose to stage the operas as a series over a number of weeks thereby  giving their audiences plenty of time in between to digest the epic production values the operas require. Other companies choose to stage the cycle in consecutive days, one after the other. Either way, how do you publish four seperate operas that technically belong under the same title and are indispensable to eachother even if they take place days or sometimes weeks apart? This is a question that combines recurrence with the idea of "an event within an event". With Event Standard Syndication, the Ring Cycle operas can be published in the same ESS document with their relation to each other clearly defined while maintaining all the individual details of each event. What's more is that it can be done in the  same ESS document.  Have a look here to see the details: http://essfeed.org




The ESS Feed representation

   
      Series of Ring Cycle Operas events
      ESSID:65ca2c92-2c98-068e-390d-543c376f8e7d
      
http://example.com/feed/sample.ess
      2013-06-10T10:55:14Z
      
         Recurcive Event Cycle
         EVENTID:4e0ea291-0acc-b222-60bb-dda020ca8664
         http://opera.com/events/page.html
         2013-04-23T00:25:33+02:00
         PUBLIC
         
                  
         
            
               Opera
               P1            
         
         
            
               6H Opera every last week of every month (monday,tuesday,thursday and friday) for one year
               2013-01-25T08:30:00Z
               21600
            
         
         
            
               London College of Osteopathy
               
380 Wellington St. Tower B, 6th Floor
               London
               UK
            
         
         
            
               Image 01
               http://opera.com/ringcycle/image01.png
            
            
               Image 02
               http://opera.com/ringcycle/image02.png
            
         
      
   

An Event within an Event: A Trip to Los Encants

Los Encants1

Anyone who has lived in Barcelona for any period of time has probably heard of Los Encants, a market that is open on Saturday morning where one can search through an enormous amount of paintings, books, magazines and furniture from attics and estate sales all over Spain. Some Saturdays, there are auctions and special showings, "events within an event" that make the trip to the Encants market all the more worthwhile. These special happenings at the event however, often start at different times. For example, an auction may start at 8:00 am one Saturday while a special viewing of a new furniture shipment may begin at 12 noon. With ESS the special events occuring at Los Encants can be defined along with their unique start times, the same way a music festival with several happenings/events would: by listing the special feature (i.e. auction at the Encants event) as a separate event in the same ESS document. This would automatically link it to the original event as they would both share the same time, date, price and location elements. Look to http://essfeed.org for the infinite possibilities ESS offers its publishers.

ESS and Recursivity: The Traveling Circus!

Funny Clowns

One of the biggest problems there is when trying to post information about an event is what to do when the event doesn't follow a linear, normal trajectory. For example, a circus that is going to be in town for a weekend in June before going away to neighboring towns and then coming back in July. That circus  has  to let its  local public know that they  will be back and the event is temporarily finished, but will be starting again later, not an easy task when publishing an event online. The event is neither finished nor continuing but rather something recursive that will be happening at a later date. Through other channels like RSS and iCal publishers would have to republish the event in a separate listing. That's where ESS makes the job easier with a special function for recursivity that allows the publisher to publish separate date elements in the same event listing. More info on how this event can be published with ESS here: http://essfeed.org 

 

Feed Implementations and Other Adventures

Recently we've learned that not all of our clients speak fluent code. That's why we've made a new pledge to make this an easy feed to install for any level of tech savvy. In our Github (https://github.com/hypecal/php-ess) we have placed very detailed instructions on the implementation of ESS and should anyone have suggestions to make it easier, we're all ears. We are also currently working hard on making ESS available as an add-on for WordPress and having a representation on Joomla, Drupal and Prestashop. More news to come as we get our first users on board and send out our first official press release.

By admin_ess on April 10, 2013 | Feed Users, Github | A comment?
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ESS: THE BLOG

We're working hard here at The Plug and Play Tech Center in Valencia to get our ESS feed to the public and in the process finding out that breaking in a new technology is a lot of work. But we're confident that we've got what it takes. Here's why….

We've been told time and again that our feed is something the market needs. It offers event publishers a free way to reach an unprecedented number of users and defines all the criteria of an event (date, price, location, categories etc.) very clearly (something RSS does not do). We've got the goods, now it's about having publishers to try it out for themselves. We invite all of you readers out there who are involved in the publishing or broadcasting of events to check it out. 

Some of you have asked why we're doing this….Well, we have an idea and that is to take all the content aggregated through the ESS feed and offer it to businesses like airlines, hotel groups and search engines. Just like with RSS and Feedburner, we're just intermediaries and the link always drives the user back to the event page (your page). We believe there is strength in numbers and the only way to create a global events locator (i.e. that ultimate app that isn't driven by robot crawlers and constantly breaking down or lousy on info) is to get the events straight from the source. That way, everybody wins!

So we're calling all plug in creators, techies and publishers to have a look and see for themselves the benefits of Event Standard Syndication (ESS). 

 

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