And when we say
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Open Data!
Open Data O.K.
(With sincere apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein –
and probably everyone who chances to read this blog… )
Some great announcements out of Mix today – from the press release at: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/mar10/03-16MIX10Day2PR.mspx
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So what is the Open Data Protocol (oData)? From the oData FAQ:
The Open Data Protocol (OData) is an open protocol for sharing data. It provides a way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an ecosystem in which data consumers can interoperate with data producers in a way that is far more powerful than currently possible, enabling more applications to make sense of a broader set of data. Every producer and consumer of data that participates in this ecosystem increases its overall value.
Net net: a fantastic way to share data in truly open format - insuring portability and interoperability (which is especially important in cross platform, cross cloud solutions). Obviously, those who are interested in working with Open Government Data need to pay close attention – as oData will be a significant enabler for many Open Government solutions.
What’s even BETTER about this is that there are ALREADY several Open Government data sources that expose oData, including:
- vanGuide: a social map of Vancouver Open Data. A collection of data services showing everything from parking lots to drinking fountains. browse...
- Vancouver Street Parking: This feed exposes Vancouver street parking information. browse...
- Open Government Data Initiative: Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) is an open source data publishing solution for government agencies (plus all upcoming Open Gov data catalogs based on OGDI) browse...
- Open Science Data Initiative: OSDI is based on OGDI which in turn uses the Azure Services Platform to make it easier to publish and use a wide variety of scientific data from government agencies.browse...
- The City of Edmonton Open Data Catalogue: Public data from the city of Edmonton. browse...
- Codename Dallas: Dallas allows producers to sell premier data to consumers, using OData. Dallas is still in beta, and requires an invite token. Data.gov already has some datasets there – and ultimately, there will be a huge variety of data sources – government and commercial.
Everything you want to know about oData can be found here: http://www.odata.org
More to come… now I just need to get back to my show tunes.