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Christopher Ferris
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cool stuff by my colleague Andrew Spyker, working on his entry to the Netflix Cloud Prize
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I wanted to share that yesterday, we launched our IBM developerWorks/labs complete with some interesting cloud technology previews. Please do stop by and check them out! 
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On May 9th, the W3C announced the formation of the Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group [1]. The LDP WG will produce one or more W3C Recommendations that define a RESTful way to read and write Linked Data, suitable for use in application integration and the construction of interoperable and modular software systems, leveraging a member submission from IBM [2] as its starting point.

This week, OASIS announced [3] the submission of a draft proposed charter to establish the Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee. The OData TC will define an open data protocol for sharing data and exposing data models interoperably on the Web. You may have noticed that IBM co-authored the proposed extensions for XML, Temporal Data, JSON and Data Aggregation (see the links at the end of the draft charter).

One might ask [4] why would IBM be so invested in two, seemingly overlapping standards initiatives?

There is an enormous variety in the types of data resources and equal diversity in the ways they are being used and accessed on the web. Linked Data Platform and OData each add value for specific use cases. Linked Data provides enhanced data integration capability, enabling easier linking of information from disparate sources. OData provides a simple, common interface for application programmers to access, query and update diverse data resources on the Web e.g. examining HR data on the Intranet or analytics results. Standardization will be an important step towards improving interoperability and consistency for each.

There are thousands of Web APIs being defined on the Internet. Standardization in this area will help advance consolidation in this important technology area and enable innovation to keep pace with market needs, in particular to support emerging data constructs and open data initiatives. The W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP) WG and the OASIS OData TC both aim at defining REST APIs to access and manipulate data on the web. LDP is based on the Resource Definition Framework (RDF) data model and OData is based on the Entity Data Model (EDM).

IBM believes strongly that each of these emerging standards have merit and add unique value to specific use cases, and we are committed to their respective success.

[1] http://www.w3.org/News/2012#entry-9446
[2] http://www.w3.org/Submission/2012/02/
[3] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201205/msg00008.html
[4] https://twitter.com/vambenepe/status/205737878079287296
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What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
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RIP
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RIP Steve.
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In addition to the developerWorks/labs page, we also published a blog post that describes IBM's open cloud architecture. We welcome your feedback.
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Very important: IBM's Basic Linked Data Profile. A good starting point for standardisation...
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Farewell, and thanks for all the iStuff!
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good one & great nod to another powerful soul whose passing also affected me
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Help me understand why we need these criminals in our society? What value do they yield to anyone other then themselves? They are gamblers with no moral compass, and little concern for the destruction they wreak.
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Unfortunately, that is a sad truth. Our politicians don't represent the people. They represent the highest bidder.
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IBM Distinguished Engineer CTO Industry and Cloud Standards
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  • IBM
    CTO Industry and Cloud Standards, 2002 - present
  • Sun Microsystems
    1990 - 2002
  • CA Inc.
    1989 - 1990
  • Cullinet
    1987 - 1989
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    1984 - 1987
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