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Subject: Re: [odata] Basic OData question

Thanks Michael.

Yes I do have one main question. As I understand it, to date Open Data has been a process where the owners of the data extract and publish it from a legacy system, to some kind of file. Along with the open licence the developer can then take that data file and use it with a new app.

In contrast it seems that OData is more about an API to live data, still in its original source, achieved via RESTful methods? This would have obvious improved benefits, not least the ability to Write as well as Read?

If this is the case would it also embed the ability to handle authorization? I.e. if external parties are given the ability to update live data this would present security and access control requirements?

Kind regards, Neil.

On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM, Michael Pizzo <mikep@microsoft.com> wrote:

Yes, OData is short for "Open Data Protocol". It is "Open" because it was designed through an open process and open license, but also because it opens silos of data to the web. And it is a protocol; based on REST principles, it defines conventions, rules, and formats for exchanging data on the web.


More information on odata can be found at http://www.odata.org. There is also a nice write-up recently here: http://www.nuams.com/odata-communications-protocol-sharing-open-data.


Let me know if you need any more information.





From: odata@lists.oasis-open.org [mailto:odata@lists.oasis-open.org] On Behalf Of Neil McEvoy
Sent: Saturday, October 6, 2012 9:09 AM
To: odata@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [odata] Basic OData question


Hi folks


New to the group so please excuse the newbie question.


Basically my question is that I previous thought of Open Data as being about the licence - It's made open by the appropriate licence to use it.


However OData seems to be more of a programmatic design of data access? 


Neil McEvoy
VP Business Development

Neil McEvoy
VP Business Development

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