· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · May
· · · · 26 (3 entries)

Holy Gigabytes, Batman! · In April, on­go­ing served a to­tal of 84.5 gi­ga­bytes of da­ta to the world. Par­don me, but that just seems to­tal­ly mind-bogglingly ridicu­lous.
OpenDocument! · On Mon­day there was what seems to me like a ma­jor news sto­ry: the an­nounce­ment that OpenDoc­u­ment 1.0 has been ap­proved as an OASIS Stan­dard. As I’ve said be­fore, OpenDoc­u­ment is al­most ex­act­ly what we had in mind when we built XML, start­ing back in 1996. Right now, it is the on­ly XML of­fice doc­u­ment for­mat that is stan­dard­ized, and it is al­so the on­ly one that is com­plete; Microsoft’s of­fer­ing is full of holes, start­ing with the ab­sence of Pow­erPoin­t. It’s al­so com­plete­ly 100% free of intellectual-property is­sues, any­one can use it for any­thing any­time any­where with­out ask­ing any­one first. Let me put it this way: if you oc­ca­sion­al­ly cre­ate doc­u­ments or spread­sheets or pre­sen­ta­tion­s, and if you think that you’d like to own them, in­de­pen­dent of your Of­fice soft­ware ven­dor, well, you have ex­act­ly one choice: OpenDoc­u­men­t. If those doc­s/spread­sheet­s/pre­sos might be long-lived, or con­tain high-value da­ta that you might want to re-use lat­er, and you don’t use OpenDoc­u­men­t, well there’s a word for that but I’m not go­ing to put it up on the front page at on­go­ing. By the way, at the re­quest of our friends in the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, we’ve com­mit­ted to get­ting be­hind mak­ing OpenDoc­u­ment an ISO Stan­dard, too.
WSD-Survey · Norm and I post­ing our NSDL and SMEX-D pro­pos­als seems to have un­leashed a flood of en­er­gy in this space. I pre­vi­ous­ly point­ed to Dion Hinchcliffe’s sur­vey work; well, Dion is re­al­ly get­ting down to busi­ness with his Tak­ing Stock of Web Ser­vices De­scrip­tion. He’s go­ing to be tak­ing a se­ri­ous run at four­teen (!) dif­fer­ent can­di­date lan­guages, ap­ply­ing them to a re­al web ser­vice and do­ing re­al im­ple­men­ta­tion­s. I don’t see any­thing to com­plain about in his ap­proach. I’m sub­scribed, you betcha, and if you care about Web Ser­vices you should be too. For­tu­nate­ly, Dion is braver than I and sup­ports com­ments, so there may be some in­ter­est­ing di­a­logue there.
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