I just updated my food blog by encoding all of the restaurants’ contact information in microformats. It’s basically a way to encode vCard/vCal data using HTML. It’s part of the latest movement to bring semantics (meaningful data that can be interpreted by computer programs) to web content. For instance, with this technology you could easily write a program to find all the phone numbers and addresses listed on the internet and generate a worldwide phone book. Or you could track who has lived in a given house over the past X years. Or you could generate statistics on how many CEOs live next to golf courses. Or you could figure out, according to published calendars, when most people will be away from home and thus not watching the latest sitcom. And that’s just the beginning.