If you have ever thought, “If I was defining standards, I would have never done it that way.” Here is your chance. Open standards organization the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) announced it is accepting participants for its newly created technical committee, the OASIS Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee. The committee will be responsible for developing the first OASIS version of the OData standard.

Open Data for the Web

OData is a web protocol for querying and updating data on the web based on AtomPub (used for RSS) developed by Microsoft. Microsoft initially used the protocol internally in products like SharePoint Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2, but made the decision to propose OData as a common standard.

The company began enlisting support from other vendors in 2009 and finally submitted OData to OASIS with sponsorship from Citrix, IBM, Progress Software, SAP and WS02 to become an open standard at the end of May 2012.

There are a long list of approaches to sharing and manipulating data on the web. Adoption of OData by OASIS could simplify the ecosystem by providing a common standard, if vendors broadly implement it. OData has had some critics; many industry watchers always question Microsoft’s motives when it comes to standards since the company hasn’t always been supportive of openness. However, Microsoft’s stance toward openness has changed substantially over the years. Microsoft has been very open in development of the OData standard and even setup a community site dedicated to the protocol.

Have Your Say on the OData Standard

The first meeting for the newly forming committee will be held in Redmond, WA, July 26-27 and a dial-in conference bridge will also be available for remote participation. To participate in the first meeting you must:

  • be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS
  • join the technical committee

To be considered a voting member you must attend the first meeting and join the committee at least seven days before the meeting occurs.