|[August 27, 2012]
OASIS Launches Initiative to Standardize REST-based Open Data Protocol (OData)
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
The OASIS international consortium has launched a new initiative that
will standardize OData, a REST-based protocol that simplifies the
querying and sharing of data across applications for re-use in the
enterprise, Cloud, and mobile devices. OData enables information to be
accessed from a variety of sources including relational databases, file
systems, content management systems, and traditional Web sites.
Addressing the demands of cloud computing, OData helps create a more
open and programmable Web by providing a common approach to exposing and
More than 57 members from around the world are now participating in the OASIS
OData Technical Committee. Work has already begun. The group
recently convened its first meeting where members agreed on a work
agenda, elected co-chairs, and welcomed new supporters of the initiative.
"The timing was right to transition OData to a recognized,
open-standards process, and OASIS was a natural choice," noted Barbara
Hartel of SAP (News - Alert) AG, co-chair of the OASIS OData Technical Committee. "Our
focus with OASIS is to build on version 3 of the core OData protocol. We
intend to address requirements for extensions related to data
aggregation, temporal data, JSON documents, and XML documents as
"The formation of the OASIS Technical Committee is an important next
step in the advancement of OData as an open and interoperable protocol.
We expect the work done by the OData Technical Committee to open up new
possibilities in providing open data for the open web," said Ram
Jeyaraman of Microsoft (News - Alert) Open Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation, co-chair of the OASIS OData Technical Committee.
OData began as an open project on the public OData site (www.odata.org)
three years ago. OData producers, consumers and libraries (many of them
open source) include Java, PHP, Drupal, Joomla, Node.js, .NET (News - Alert), SQL
Server, MySQL, iOS, WP7, and Android.
Microsoft has contributed seven OData specification components, and IBM,
Microsoft, and SAP have contributed four OData extension proposals to
the OASIS OData Technical Committee.
"We're seeing a wave of Cloud standardization projects at OASIS that use
REST, AtomPub, and JSON technology," said Laurent Liscia, OASIS
executive director. "OData is an exciting addition to our portfolio. The
response to the new Commttee has been tremendous."
The OData Technical Committee is open to all interested parties, and new
members are encouraged to join at any time. Archives of the work are
accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS invites public
review and comment on the work.
Support for OData
"The OASIS OData Technical Committee will openly
review and enhance the OData submissions for REST-style access to URL
identified data resources. OData leverages existing open standards,
protocols and formats (AtomPub, XML, JSON and others) and, when combined
with emerging web authorization standards, should provide useful
technology conventions attracting a diverse range of developers."
Dale Moberg, Chief Architect, Axway
CA Technologies (News - Alert)
"By tackling the problem of common data
access, OASIS is taking a significant step in standardizing the way
information is shared between applications and solutions. OData shows
great potential in unlocking enterprise and cloud data across vendors
and platforms, allowing our customers to more fully understand their
-- Don Kleinschnitz, Chief Development Officer, CA
"Five pillars of a modern IT shop are open source, open
standards, open clouds, open data, and open APIs. IBM congratulates the
OASIS community on its progress and efforts. Maturing the OData API as
an open standard helps ensure it is an enterprise developer asset for
-- Todd Moore, Director
Infrastructure Standards and Partnerships, IBM Software Group
"OData has become an important open protocol for
several products across Microsoft to accomplish the goal of open data
for the open Web. It's encouraging to see numerous implementations
across the industry, and this productive standards collaboration at
-- Gianugo Rabellino, Senior Director of Microsoft
Open Technologies, Inc.
"DataDirect works to ensure that it's at
the forefront of the development of all emerging data access standards.
As we've done with ODBC and JDBC, we want to help shape the future of
standards in the cloud and provide our customers with the widest array
of data access options available. We look forward to working with the
OData Technical Committee to that end."
-- Jesse Davis,
Director, DataDirect Research and Development, Progress Software
"Red Hat is pleased to be supporting the OData
Technical Committee. We believe that the aims behind the Open Data
Protocol are in line with the increased adoption of REST and other Web
technologies in the enterprise space today, and we intend to work with
the TC to ensure this continues."
--Dr. Mark Little, Senior
Technical Director, Red Hat
"SAP is committed to helping drive the standardization
of OData at OASIS, and it's good to see broad industry support for the
OData Technical Committee. This is important to refine the OData
specifications and ensure their applicability in diverse usage
scenarios, which, in turn, is important for SAP customers. The broader
the support for OData on application platforms, Web environments, and
mobile device technologies, the more developers can rely on the standard
and focus on building beautiful apps that consume data services exposed
by SAP NetWeaver Gateway (News - Alert)® technology."
-- Claus von Riegen,
VP, Industry Standards and Open Source, SAP
"SDL, provider of Global Information Management
solutions, is pleased to see the OASIS effort to standardize the
AtomPub-based OData protocol, while at the same time improving and
expanding on the protocol's existing capabilities. SDL has pioneered the
use of OData in its Web Content Management product SDL Tridion,
believing that this will eventually lead to better integration and
interoperability across information providers and information consumers
in the enterprise and in the web."
-- Dennis van der Veeke,
CTO at SDL
OASIS OData Technical Committee
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the
development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global
information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces
worldwide standards for cloud computing, content technologies, business
transactions, security, privacy, SOA, the Smart Grid, emergency
management, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the
potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and
protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly
represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology
leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000
participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members
in 100 countries.
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