Microsoft, IBM and several other companies have joined forces to move the Open Data Protocol, also known as OData, to the OASIS standards body.
As enterprises look for greater access to data across multiple platforms and devices, and cloud computing also plays a part in driving the need for a common approach to expose and consume data, OData represents a key opportunity.
With that as a backdrop, Citrix Systems, IBM, Microsoft, Progress Software, SAP AG and WSO2 are proposing an Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee (TC) in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). Citrix, EastBanc Technologies and Viecore FSD, among many others, have recently demonstrated OData applications, and hundreds of interested parties are registered on the http://www.odata.org open community mail list.
The OData protocol has evolved through an open process on the public OData site during the past three years. There is a strong ecosystem of OData producers, consumers and librariesseveral of them open sourceincluding Java, PHP, Drupal, Joomla, Node.js, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, DB2 and Informix, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android. Community feedback and broad implementation experience have influenced development of the OData specifications, which will be contributed to the OASIS OData TC for standardization.
The interest in OData has grown exponentially, said Laurent Liscia, executive director of OASIS, in a statement. Were very pleased to see the community come together in OASIS to standardize the OData protocol using the latest Web toolsJSON and AtomPubin a RESTful environment. This will facilitate interoperability across implementations.
Moreover, since its introduction, OData has reached into all sectorsfrom enterprise to consumer, from government to internal systems.