Now, we rarely publish a technical articles on this site. We are more about educating and working with customers and partners on how to use Open Data to bring openess and Transparency trough the use of applications to the citizens and organizations around the world. But we believe that this is important News – we are on the verge of standardization of the dana sharing. It is a great way to enable multiple Services, delivered from multiple Partners to work on the data stored somewhere in a repository (like Open Data Store).
OData has just been approved as an International Standard by ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (see attached).
OData (short for Open Data) is an HTTP-based protocol for sharing data. It allows government (as well as enterprise SaaS) services to expose data through a consumer-oriented data model, and for clients to query and navigate that data in an intuitive, RESTful manner.
Already an OASIS Standard, ISO Standardization is an important step forward as it makes the OData protocol available to more government agencies requiring ISO standardization.
This is an important milestone even as we continue to evolve and use OData.
OData is an important interoperation surface for Azure and O365 cloud services, but also for any other interoperability with other Services. OData is ODBC for the web. OData provides HTTP/REST based common conventions for querying and updating of data sources on the web. International standardization is just one step in a long journey to opening up access to data that exist in silos today and bringing more data to our cloud.