[okfn-discuss] Open Service Definition (revisited)
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Fri Jul 27 14:13:27 BST 2007
I've been meaning to write to okfn-discuss ever since I read your recent
post on the blog 'We need an Open Service Definition':
It seems that parts of the Open Source community are really starting to
get animated about this issue. As I mentioned in a comment on your post
we've been discussing for a while now -- in fact you yourself wrote to
okfn-discuss back in last October in an email whose subject was
precisely an 'Open Service Definition'.
Looking back over that thread, by the end we had a draft definition
along the lines of what I have included below. Does this look a good
starting point? Who else should be be in contact with? (I've included
Kragen Sitaker in cc).
Draft of an Open Service Definition
An open service is one:
1. Whose data is open as defined by the open knowledge definition
(http://opendefinition.org/) though with the exception that where the
data is personal in nature the data need only be made available to the
user (i.e. the owner of that account).
2. Whose source code is F/OSS and *is made available*.
Remark: The OKD requires technological openness (i.e. provision in an
Remark: The OKD also requires that data should be accessible in some
machine automatable manner (e.g. through a standardized open API or via
download from a standard specified location).
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