What Is Federated Content?
In general, federated content refers to aggregating, integrating, or syndicating content from different sources or databases across a network or the web to provide a unified view or access point to that content.
Today, when we say content federation, we think about the ability/process to combine content from different sources via APIs.
Key aspects of federated content include:
- Content Aggregation. This involves collecting content from multiple sources. These sources could be internal databases, content management systems, external websites, or other platforms. The goal is to bring diverse content into one accessible location.
- Content Integration. Once collected, the content needs to be integrated, meaning it needs to be organized to make it easy for users to find and consume. This could involve categorizing or tagging content, creating a unified search interface, or developing a common data model that can accommodate different types of content.
- Content Syndication. Federated content often involves syndication, which means distributing or publishing the content across different platforms or channels. This could be as simple as sharing articles from one website on another or involve more complex processes like distributing content through APIs or the forgotten art of RSS feeds.
- Access Control. Managing access control in a unified way can be a complex but essential part of federated content management. In a federated content environment, different pieces of content may have different access restrictions depending on where they originated or what they contain.
Easy Integration with Other Systems. Thanks to the use of APIs, it is easy to connect different systems and channels of distribution.
The primary benefit of federated content is that it can make diverse or distributed content more accessible and usable, whether for internal users within a company or for external users like website visitors or app users.
However, it also presents challenges, such as managing content quality, consistency, and access control across different sources or platforms.