Time to think about how Scientific data could utilized the Astoria service... 

The goal of Microsoft Codename Astoria is to enable  applications to expose data as a data service that can be consumed by web clients within a corporate network and across the internet. The data service is reachable over HTTP, and URIs are used to identify the various pieces of information available through the service. Interactions with the data service happens in terms of HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE, and the data exchanged in those interactions is represented in simple formats such as XML and JSON.
We are delivering this first early release of Astoria as a Community Tech Preview you can download and also as an experimental online service you can access over the internet.

Source: Microsoft Project Codename "Astoria"

Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)