Alorie Gilbert reports on Dan Bricklin’s SMBmeta proposal.
SMBmeta, which stands for small and medium-sized business metadata, defines a standardized way to describe businesses in an electronic format. The specification details how businesses could create files, written in Extensible Markup Language (XML), to describe the goods and services they sell, where they are located, hours of operation and other information. The files, in essence, help to create an online business directory. They would be attached to a company’s domain name so that Web search engines such as Google, and online business directories such as Yahoo Yellow Pages, could list the business in search results.