Re: [RT] Learning from Greasemonkey + Platypus

From: Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 16:17:14 -0700

Bruce D'Arcus wrote:

> This raises an issue I've been wondering about. A lot of the content I
> might want to convert to RDF via PB is stored behind authenticated sites
> (journal databases, Lexis Nexis, etc.). In other words, I can access
> them while on campus, but not while away (without password).
> Can PB handle that?

PB is running inside your browser, after the data is loaded, so any
content that your browser is able to fetch (and in whatever ways,
crypto, proxies or whatever), PB can read it and react to it.

So, the answer is: technologically, yes, it sure can, it's the main
reason why having it as a browser plugin is such a kickass architectural
decision (we get a lot for free and we are in the sweet spot around
where the content really arrives).

There might be legal restrictions on what you can do with the content
you actually harvest but this is a completely separate can of worms.

Stefano Mazzocchi
Research Scientist                 Digital Libraries Research Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology            location: E25-131C
77 Massachusetts Ave                   telephone: +1 (617) 253-1096
Cambridge, MA  02139-4307              email: stefanom at mit . edu
Received on Wed Aug 03 2005 - 23:13:41 EDT

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