Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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krislibrarianMetadata application profiles

Writing an application profile is tasking. I did that 2 weeks ago. Refining it and getting all the little niggly bits is ever more tasking. Holy crap, my brain is dead.

On the plus side I got a bittersweet chocolate bar out of it. 9 years ago

phalseidI built it, but somehow i accidently deleted it.

So we have to start all over. Wiki is a good place to start, if you are wondering. 9 years ago


I sound like such a friggin’ nerd. I want to build the semantic web. Why don’t I say I want to do something cool, like hey I know, “be cool.” Then maybe I’d be cool. But no, goddamnit, instead I make as a goal I want to build the semantic web.

Like a) I’m going to ever do that; b) be, sound, or look cool with that as a goal. Holy man, I am such a nerd.

Hm. I guess does this mean I achieve the other goal, the one at wanting to be more nerdy? 9 years ago


... have proper cataloguing and metadata of all resources to go with it!

... Ok, a lowly metadata systems librarian can dream. But one day, just one day this will happen, damnit!! 9 years ago

Daniel O'ConnorMy First Dabblings With Python/Redland

Easier than I thought 9 years ago

AaronLawWrite your own code

Thanksful I’ve learnt HTML with notepad and a little about CSS and I’ve got a copy of Nvu and I use it to build a sematic web with less coding in the early June 2005. 9 years ago

Daniel O'ConnorGEPIR

I discovered a thing called GEPIR the other day, a distributed metadata system in place between the EAN barcode authorities of many countries.

I want to get this out as RDF as soon as I can :) Think of it… anything with an EAN barcode with a full description / manufacturer contact info…

I’m also doing a point of sale system which deals exclusively with EAN-13 barcodes, so I’ll get lots of sample real world products to play with.

Now… I just need someone who’s alright with Java (more alright than me) to help me author a barcode OCR tool. 9 years ago

Over at we’re having a crack at networking the people and ideas needed to create a co-operative sustainable economy. We’ve written a wish list (basic spec) for the type of software we think we need here:
And made a presentation explaining why this would be such a cool thing here:

Check it out, let us know what you think. I hope it’s not too long before we can say ‘done that’ :)

olisb 10 years ago

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