Microsoft, IBM and Others Move OData to OASIS

Microsoft joined forces with IBM, Citrix, Progress Software, SAP and WSO2 to move the Microsoft Open Data Protocol (OData) specification to the OASIS standards body.

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 open community mail list.

Built on standards such as HTTP, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and AtomPub, OData is a Web protocol for unlocking and sharing data€”freeing it from silos that exist in some software applications today, Microsoft said in a press release. The OData protocol supports serialization in multiple popular formats, including JSON and Atom/X M L. With OData, developers are able to build cross-platform Web and mobile applications.

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 libraries€”several of them open source€”including 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.

€œThe interest in OData has grown exponentially,€ said Laurent Liscia, executive director of OASIS, in a statement. €œWe€™re very pleased to see the community come together in OASIS to standardize the OData protocol using the latest Web tools€”JSON and AtomPub€”in a RESTful environment. This will facilitate interoperability across implementations.€

Moreover, since its introduction, OData has reached into all sectors€”from enterprise to consumer, from government to internal systems.