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Views Datasource is a set of plugins for Drupal Views for rendering content in a number of shareable, reusable formats based on XML, JSON and XHTML. These formats allow content in a Drupal site to be easily used as data sources for Semantic Web clients and web mash-ups. Views Datasource plugins output content from node lists created in the Drupal Views interface in a variety of formats - XML data documents using schemas like OPML and Atom, RDF data documents using a vocabulary like FOAF, JSON data documents in a format like Exhibit JSON, and XHTML data documents using a microformat like hCard.

Views Datasource can be thought of as a userland complement to the work going on in the Services and RDF APIs as a site operator only needs to know Views to be able to create datasources in the different formats.

The project consists of 4 Views style plugins (and related row plugins):

  1. views_xml - Output as raw XML, OPML, and Atom;
  2. views_json - Output as Simile/Exhibit JSON, Canonical JSON, JSONP/JSON in script;
  3. views_rdf- Output as FOAF, SIOC, and DOAP;
  4. views_xhtml - Output as hCard, hCalendar, and Geo.

The module requires PHP 5.

The Views Datasource project was created by Allister Beharry as part of Drupal's participation in Google's Summer of Code 2008. The mentors were Gordon Heydon and Jonathan DeLaigle.

Dev note [29.5.2013]: Git access removed for inactive maintainers. Please contact me if you want to help maintaining this project, and need write access to the repository.

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