Twittering about RPR and data standards

Jan 21, 2010  |  Michael Wurzer

Some excerpts from a conversation on Twitter this evening:

A bit later, after more conversation . . .

The issue here is the possibility of RPR participating in the RETS with the aim of using the RETS for the RPR public records API.  RPR’s willingness to consider participating in standards development is good news.

This could be the opportunity to roll some simplified web services APIs into RETS, because I’m not sure it makes sense to use RETS 1.x for the RPR public records API unless the public records are not standardized and lots of metadata is needed.  Where I think RETS could play a very important role with RPR is by offering participating MLSs a repository for exchanging data with their data sharing partners.  I’m learning from my hero Kristen, one step at a time, and I’m very appreciative that RPR is listening.

6 Responses to “Twittering about RPR and data standards”

  1. David Harris says:

    Let’s hope good ole fashioned peer pressure can work its magic. Come on Marty and Brett, all the cool kids will be at RETS in March. 😉
    Thanks Mike.

  2. Paul Mobley says:

    Excellent news! We need more collaboration on data standards.

  3. Matt Cohen says:

    For more background, here’s where the conversation started: http://blog.narrpr.com/product/public-records-api

  4. Tom Abbate says:

    Let’s assume RPR can roll out good apps. and that NAR really wants to be a MLS provider, do you think will NAR encourage or discourage statewide MLS services as a first step?

  5. mwurzer says:

    Good question. Given your assumptions, my answer would depend on the amount of normalization work RPR does as it brings in the MLS data. If it’s not doing much normalization and would prefer that some consolidation occurs first, then they’ll be in favor of state MLSs. Otherwise, not.

  6. Kristen Carr says:

    Wow, Mike! Thanks for the positive comment, you know it means a lot to me coming from you.

    I do believe the guys at RPR are trying to collect a lot of information in a short time, there is just so much going on. It is (IMO) in their best interest to look to Standards. I think the RETS community should take this opportunity to improve our Data Standards (hey Mike, you’ve said a thing or two about this, I believe) and maybe adopt some newer transport methods.

    I’m liking all the excitement, it’s about time!