Microsoft announces the Open Data Protocol (OData)
The Data Developer centre at Microsoft has published a very useful Open Data Protocol Q&A.
The technology originates in ADO.NET Data Services, which has greatly impressed me. This is a positive move, and a welcome gesture from Microsoft. It's great news for architects and developers. It's great news for the Open movement.
"We are making the OData specification available under Microsoft's Open Specification Promise (OSP) so third parties, including open source projects, can build Open Data Protocol clients and services. We intend on working with others in the community, including Google, to move the features of OData into future version of AtomPub or other appropriate standards. We encourage Google (GData) to join us in these conversations."
17 November 2009