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"The SEC, they totally get it."

The title of this blog entry is a statement made by Christopher Smith of iBanknet in an email exchange he and I had.  Chris pointed out that the SEC has added ATOM feeds to their Edgar system and that the combination of the ATOM feeds and XBRL "...is EXTREMELY powerful in terms of data dissemination."

I totally agree with Chris and I agree that the SEC "gets it".

The SEC started using RSS feeds two or three years ago to push information about XBRL filings received under the SEC's Voluntary Filing Program. See http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/xbrlrss.xml

See the prior entry on this blog for a link to the iBlanket widget which makes use of one of the ATOM feeds.

You can go look at the Edgar system and see the ATOM feed here.  Look for the little orange icon, click on it.  You can read the feed in your browser, but the important thing to understand is that a computer application can read this also.

Basically, according to a IRWebReport blog entry, each filer to the SEC has its own ATOM feed which a user can subscribe to.  Imagine that the ATOM feed making you aware of information in an XBRL filing.  A computer application watches the ATOM feed, becomes aware of a new filing, reads the information from the XBRL filing, and updates your internal analysis models or other applications.  That is extremely powerful.

But the really cool thing that I see is that this same extremely useful technology can be used by any business using off the shelf software.  Imagine that any company (big or small) could create what amounts to something like a "stock ticker" and either read information provided by others or distribute information others would need.

More about this later.  But for now, great work SEC.  And thanks to Chris Smith from iBanknet for creating the demo widget and bringing this to my attention.

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 07:06AM by Registered CommenterCharlie in , , | Comments2 Comments | References4 References

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I saw the prior entry on blog for a link to the iBlanket widget which makes use of one of the ATOM feeds...thanks
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